Author Archives: Neale

Enabling SSH on ESXi with vRO

I think it is a good rule of thumb that the security maturity of the organisation can be measured by whether SSH is left enabled (with warnings muted) or disabled on ESXi Hosts. As there is a warning on the host if the service is enabled, and the hardening guides recommend that it is disabled,… Read More »

Reporting on vSphere Replication transfer sizes

vSphere Replication is really a wonderful product – I’ve been using it for a few years now across a few employers and I’ve never had a really serious problem with it – it just seems to work. Sure, there are a few feature requests we could make of it, for example setting a schedule of… Read More »

Updating a HP iLO using Rest API and vRealize Orchestrator

A security vulnerability against Hewlett Packard iLOs was announced last year (link – https://www.rapid7.com/db/modules/auxiliary/admin/hp/hp_ilo_create_admin_account), along with the required firmware to patch. No doubt there are some amazing tools by HP that will allow firmware to be patched across an estate, but as I don’t have access to them I need to find another way to… Read More »

Managing Snapshots with vRO

One of the main issues that face departments on their virtualisation journey is how they are managing snapshots: Who can take them Who can delete them How long do they stick around for Name/Description formatting policy I consider them ‘low hanging fruit’ on the management tree – how an organisation approaches this is defined by… Read More »

ScaleIO 2.5 Upgrade advice

I’m getting into ScaleIO (Software Only) so am still quite new to the ecosystem and management commands, but having just gone through an upgrade cycle to the 2.5 release (from a later version than 2.0.0.1) I thought I’d note down my experience from doing a ScaleIO 2.5 upgrade and some things that might be useful… Read More »

Detach old ESXi installation devices

When clearing up host storage, you might sometimes encounter an error when you come to detach a device. The cause of this can be an old ESXi installation and you’ll need to erase the ESXi partitions in order to detach old ESXi installation devices. The typical use case for this is reclaiming SAN boot LUNs… Read More »