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Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges

Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges I got asked the question last week if it was possible to export roles and privileges as a *.csv file from virtual centre?  It’s a question that’s come up a few times over the years and there are various articles over at the VMware Communities and code sites that can help. Anyway, as there isn’t a hand button in VC to extract/export/save roles and privileges to a *.CSV… Read More »Using PowerShell to Export Roles and Privileges

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

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

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

Adding Virtual Machine advanced settings to custom properties in vRealize Operations

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Adding Virtual Machine advanced settings to custom properties in vRealize Operations I’ve been working with a customer recently that want to display advanced settings from a virtual machine in vRealize Operations manager.  If you didn’t know vROPs does a fantastic job of collecting object settings and presenting them back so they can be tracked in dashboards, views and reports or used for troubleshooting. But the adaptors don’t collect everything, for example if you create a… Read More »Adding Virtual Machine advanced settings to custom properties in vRealize Operations

VMware PowerShell – VM Advanced Settings – ‘guestinfo.ignition.config.data’

VMware PowerShell – VM Advanced Settings – ‘guestinfo.ignition.config.data’ Working this evening with my colleague Dean this evening he asked me to create a quick PowerShell script to help him with an OpenShift 4 installation.  What he needed to do was to edit the advanced setting ‘guest.ignition.config.data’ with a base64 encoding value. The quick and dirty version of the script is below; #Edit ‘Base64_64’ values to the bootstrap, master and worker variables below $bootstrap = ‘Base64_Value’… Read More »VMware PowerShell – VM Advanced Settings – ‘guestinfo.ignition.config.data’

VMware PowerShell – Useful HealthCheck Remediation Scripts

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VMware PowerShell – Useful HealthCheck Remediation Scripts I get to conduct and review the recommendations and findings from a VMware HealthCheck and Best Practice Reviews.  Recently I conducted one and to help with remediation I pulled together some simple PowerShell Scripts to remove the manual effort. Disconnect all Connected CDs from VMs A very common finding is connected CDs preventing DRS and VMotion operations from occurring.  This script solves that by disconnecting them all; #add… Read More »VMware PowerShell – Useful HealthCheck Remediation Scripts