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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, …

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 …

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 …

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 postsĀ  on vmware.com – “Self Healing Datacenter” – have …

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 …