VMware PowerShell – How to Detect Thick Disks

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VMware PowerShell – How to Detect Thick Disks I was helping out someone today who needed to identify how to detect thick disks.  They wanted to find out what disks on their VMware vSAN storage had been provisioned as ‘thick’. They’d been working to a standard where everything should have been deployed as a ‘thin’ disk.  However, during an extended period of importing virtual machines they had discovered that many of the source VMs had… Read More »VMware PowerShell – How to Detect Thick Disks

Perfect 2020 Vision with VMware Skyline

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Perfect 2020 Vision with VMware Skyline Recently the VMware Skyline team announced a raft of new features and improvements to the VMware Skyline service.  Building improvements into Log Assist, adding support for IPv6, new options within findings and recommendations, optional additional checks for https connections and UX improvements.  The full release notes can be found here.  I’d written a little about VMware Skyline last year, I thought it was time to revisit. This post is… Read More »Perfect 2020 Vision with VMware Skyline

UiPath PDF File Word Analysis

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UiPath PDF File Word Analysis I have a lot of PDF documentation to read.  I’ve been starting to work with UiPath and I wondered if I could put something together to perform a simple analysis of the frequency words are used in a document.  My thinking here is that is might help to identify trends in the document, any pattern of thinking and highlight key themes.  It turns out you absolutely can, and with the… Read More »UiPath PDF File Word Analysis

New Adventures in RPA

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New Adventures in RPA For the uninitiated RPA stands for Robotic Process Automation, or a way of making technology work in smarter ways.  To paraphrase the tag line from UiPath “Make robots so people don’t have to be robots”. “Robotic Process Automation is the technology that allows anyone today to configure computer software, or a “robot” to emulate and integrate the actions of a human interacting within digital systems to execute a business process. RPA… Read More »New Adventures in RPA

Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods

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Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods ##* Update, the dashboards are currently Online (July 6th).  This was built as an educational tools and to demonstrate the art of the possible.  If you are interested in funding or rebuilding within your own cloud subscription please contact me via @virtual_simon *## I’ll preface with a few of the resources I’ve used so far in my Azure study journey 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions… Read More »Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods

Interrogating data using modern applications

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Interrogating data using modern applications I love working with data and with visualisations. I am often at my happiest when working with a large data set trying to find the answer to questions or trying to present data in a way that make it more accessible without losing its meaning.  In the UK, government departments are duty bound to publish figures about all manner of things from health and education to the economy and crime. … Read More »Interrogating data using modern applications

Appliance Down! Emergency Mode! failed to start file system check

Appliance Down! Emergency Mode! failed to start file system check. My lab had a little hi-cough the other day, I’d managed to fill the management vSAN partition…  Never a good idea.  Whilst I managed to recover space and bring VMs back online one VM greeted me with the following screen… Luckily I’d seen this behaviour before and knew roughly what to do – something I was able to validate by reviewing this KB article.  What… Read More »Appliance Down! Emergency Mode! failed to start file system check

PowerShell: Searching guestinfo.appinfo for an Application or Service

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PowerShell: Searching guestinfo.appinfo for an Application or Service VMware Tools 11 can be configured to collect information of running services inside a virtual machine.  When the information is captured it is stored in the advanced setting guestinfo.appinfo.  I’ve written about this before and how that information can be exported to a CSV and transformed with PowerBI to visualise application data in the data centre. This data often provides a significant challenge to get at using… Read More »PowerShell: Searching guestinfo.appinfo for an Application or Service

Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV

Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV I saw a question over on VMTN asking how to export Alert and Symptom definitions from vROPs from the GUI.  It is perfectly possible to do that with vROPs 8.1, but you are going to need to go through page after page of definitions and export them one page at a time.  The exported format is also XML. This is much much easier with access to the… Read More »Exporting vROPs Alert and Symptom Definitions as CSV