vRealise Log Insight and Orchestrator

I’m a big fan of the vRealize suite as it really adds value to a vSphere deployment. In relation to this post, LogInsight is a great tool for providing log analysis and Orchestrator manages workflows to automate and orchestrate most/all of the infrastructure. A series of posts  on vmware.com – “Self Healing Datacenter” – have… Read More »

Detaching Devices from a Cluster

When working with block storage we occasionally need to remove a storage device from the hosts it is connected to. When using the Web Client we can detach devices on a per-host basis, but there is nothing to detach from all its attached hosts. What we do have is a helpful KB article on how… Read More »

Finding a UCS Service Profile from the MAC Address

Quick snippet on how to find the name of a service profile given the MAC address. I found this useful as when troubleshooting ESXi locks, the MAC address of the locking host is shown and sadly not the name. Once I had the name I was able to continue debugging my problem 🙂

This… Read More »

vSphere REST API and C++ (Part 2)

This is the second part in an ongoing series looking at using the vSphere REST API and C++ with the cpp rest sdk (formerly known as “Casablanca”). In the first part we authenticated against SSO and got some information from the vCenter. In this part we are going to refine our methods so that we… Read More »

SCOM 2012 Hello World !

I’ve been investigating how to connect to SCOM 2012 through code in order to extract information, and I thought a good first task (therefore a SCOM 2012 Hello World if you will ;)) would be to retrieve the current alerts. I couldn’t find any examples on how to do this, so after some searching came up… Read More »

The monitor_control.restrict_backdoor setting

The monitor_control.restrict_backdoor advanced setting is a strange one that I’ve encountered recently. It was set on a VM that had been (allegedly) security hardened, and researching this setting in a search engine indicated that this was to prevent the backdoor port from being accessed from anything other than ring 0 (source: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/464535). Most of the search results… Read More »

vSphere REST API and C++ (Part 1)

One of the new features in vSphere 6.5 is the vSphere REST API. I’ve used the Web Services SDK before and it has never appeared as elegant as other automation APIs I’ve worked with, so the introduction of this held a lot of promise. I rarely see examples for REST services in C++ and as it’s… Read More »

Automating Brocade FC Configuration (Part 2)

From the first article we looked at how to use the SSH Sessions Powershell module to log into a Linux server that will, via a script, log into a Brocade FC switch and get the zoning configuration. As per the disclaimer in the first part, these articles have been assembled from my notes and memory… Read More »

Automating Brocade FC Configuration with Powershell (Part 1)

I’ve been looking at automating physical server creation, and there are tools from Cisco and NetApp that allow Powershell to do the heavy lifting for UCS and Storage. The missing part of the process is the FC switches (Brocade in this case, though when I researched this I could not find a toolkit for Cisco MDS)… Read More »