SaltStack & VMware!

So, the news broke a little while ago that VMware has announced its intention to acquire SaltStack. But what is SaltStack and what do they do?   Salt was an open source automation engine and originated from the need for high-speed data collection and task execution for data center systems administrators managing massive infrastructure scale and resulting complexity.  Originally known […]

Coronavirus Changes Everything!!

As I sit down to enjoy another full day of Zoom meetings, I started to think back over the past few months and how things have changed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The stories and memories mentioned in this post are from my personal experiences during the pandemic and, although we’re not through this, I thought it would be good […]

PowerCLI – Copy Roles, Privileges and Permissions from One vCenter to Multiple vCenters

After being asked a question around copying Roles and Privileges from one vCenter to another vCenter, I looked over many different PowerCLI scripts to perform the task with many the providing steps but never really appearing to take the process to the level that I wanted and for my customer. I considered creating my own script to get to the […]

PowerCLI – Backup and Restore ESXi Configuration (works with vSphere 7)

As you may recall from previous posts and general best practice in VMware environments, it is a good idea to perform a regular backup of both your vCenter and your ESXi host configuration.  Having these backups in place can certainly reduce the downtime in the event of an issue, and help to ease the recovery. Other blog posts have taken […]

VMware VCSA 7 Backup Process

Following on from my last blog post, I thought that it would be worthwhile taking the very good guide created by Kevin Soltow at VMware Blog (https://www.vmwareblog.org/backup-restore-vmware-vcsa-6-7/) and update this for vSphere 7. Many people may not be aware that image based backups of vCenter servers utilising products such as Veeam are deprecated in vSphere 6.7 Update 3 and are […]

vSphere 7 – Changing VCSA Appliance Size (also for vSphere 6.7)

When deploying out a vCenter appliance (VCSA), you have to choose the size of the environment that you will be managing.  Some people truly understand their current size and their growth aspirations and can therefore make an informed choice of what size to choose.  Others are restricted by resource availability at the time of deployment or their environments grow faster […]

vExpert 2020

The vExpert 2020 announcements have just been released and I am pleased to say that I have been awarded the vExpert title for another year. I’d like to thank the team for awarding me this once again and would like to congratulate returning and first time vExperts. This is an amazing community that is helping so many IT professionals with […]

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