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VMware PowerShell – Useful HealthCheck Remediation Scripts

  • simon 

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

Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs

Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs I’ve been working with a customer over the last day or so to import their Azure cost information (or Azure rate card) into vROPs so that they can run a what-if analysis to plan a migration to the public cloud. Within vROPs we have the option to upload our public cloud rate cards into the service, so the the data that is provided from the service reflects the actual… Read More »Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs

vROPs management pack for Container monitoring

  • simon 

vROPs management pack for Container monitoring Available on the VMware solution exchange is a Management pack for monitoring containers, I recently had a look at Project Octant as a cool way to visualise a Kubernetes cluster and even troubleshoot issues.  Octant gives a great view of the cluster, but perhaps not in the wider infrastructure context, so I wanted to install and look at vROPs monitoring the Tanzu Kubernetes clusters I’ve deployed. cAdvisor Installation The… Read More »vROPs management pack for Container monitoring

VMware Cloud Foundation – Can’t deploy vRealize as no AVN is available

VMware Cloud Foundation – Can’t deploy vRealize as no AVN is available For reasons entirely of my own making when I deployed my current lab, I did not create the VCF AVN networks during deployment.  This wasn’t a problem at the time as I was focused on vSphere with kubernetes.  However, I did come to regret this just recently as in particular I wanted to deploy vROPs and explore the kubernetes integration that is available… Read More »VMware Cloud Foundation – Can’t deploy vRealize as no AVN is available

Deploying an application using Kubeapps to Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

  • simon 

Deploying an application using Kubeapps to Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster Last post we deployed kubeapps to TKG.  This time we’re going to use it to deploy something. Create a new namespace from kubeapps Browse the catalog for WordPress, review and submit for deployment Troubleshoot and fix the deployment Monitor to completion and login Create a new namespace from kubeapps Somewhat out of the eyeline within kubeapps is the namespace selector, if we want to deploy applications… Read More »Deploying an application using Kubeapps to Tanzu Kubernetes Cluster

vSphere Kubernetes – Force deleting stuck ‘terminating’ namespaces and contexts

  • simon 

Like many vSphere administrators and architects following the release of vSphere 7 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4 I’ve been upgrading my lab and starting to play with the VMware Tanzu Portfolio.  I’m not going to detail how to get that working, Cormac Hogan and David Stamen have put together great guides for that.  This post is just posting a fix for a problem that I’ve encountered in the lab Namespaces and Contexts stuck ‘terminating’ Something… Read More »vSphere Kubernetes – Force deleting stuck ‘terminating’ namespaces and contexts

vSAN Orphaned Objects

  • simon 

I recently got asked a question about how to managed orphaned objects in vSAN, previously with VMFS this was being managed with a PowerShell script, but the customer couldn’t get it to work with vSAN.  Which is expected behaviour as managing these vSAN namespace associations/objects is not possible via the GUI or script. Instead these namespaces can be managed using RVC or the Ruby vSphere Console if required. The following blog details the use of… Read More »vSAN Orphaned Objects

Extending Simple Network Mapping – TCP Port Descriptions

  • simon 

Simple Network Mapping In an earlier post I demonstrated how you could use a very simple toolset such as VMware tools and Netstat to create visualisations for what devices are talking to each other on a network.  I had a few thoughts of my own on some additional simple steps that could be taken to improve the data and visualisation still further. A few conversations on Twitter and LinkedIn, convinced me to pull them together… Read More »Extending Simple Network Mapping – TCP Port Descriptions

Simple Network Mapping using VMware tools and Netstat

  • simon 

Network Mapping I had fun working out a simple way to extend application discovery using VMware tools,  following a retweet or two (or 17) it seems like a lot of folks enjoyed reading about it too.  So fresh from putting together a simple method to interrogate application data, helped by some very clever engineering from the VMware tools team and the function from William Lam, I thought I’d write up how we can reuse the… Read More »Simple Network Mapping using VMware tools and Netstat

Extending Application Discovery in vSphere with VMware Tools 11

  • simon 

Application Discovery I read with great interest the recent article from William Lam regarding application discovery being included in VMware Tools version 11.  I’ve worked for many organisations in the past where having access to this information has been crucial for both strategic planning and operational activities.  Previously to get that information to support those activities I’ve used tools such as invoke-script or agents already installed on servers to run scripts that return the required… Read More »Extending Application Discovery in vSphere with VMware Tools 11