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VMware ESX scripts, commands, tools and other nice to know things that will make your virtualization days easier!!!!

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Today when I needed to upgrade my VC database from MSSQL2000 to MSSQL 2005 i came upon these quick guides.

http://blog.core-it.com.au/?p=27

http://spininfo.homelinux.com/news/VirtualCenter/2008/01/06/Howto_Move_Migrate_Design_VC_DB_from_SQL2000_to_SQL2005__

Howto add webages in vCenter

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If you want to add a website tab to your vCenter, then here is a quick way to do it.

http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/1270-vSphere-Plugin-Wizard-Released.html

Thanks to Ricky over at virtualizeplanet.com

Have you ever needed to document how secure your ESX servers are.

If the answer is yes then take a look at these free fools (Compliance Checkers) from ConfigureSoft.com.
http://www.configuresoft.com/compliance-checker.aspx

If the answer is no I would sugest you took a look at the tools anyway……

Compliance Checker for VMware ESX, checks the compliance of VMware ESX hosts against VMware hardening guidelines and Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks.

Compliance Checker for PCI DSS, checks the compliance of servers and desktops against PCI DSS v1.2 requirements as specified by PCI Security Standards Council.

VMware have released a demo on YouTube that shows a “must have” for PowerShell users who automate and manage vSphere and vCenter through PowerShell.

The project is named “Onyx” and works like a middelware between the vCenter Client and the vCenter Server.
Onyx is unfortunately still in a private beta and therefore not acceble to the Public…….. 🙁

Read more on rtfm-ed.co.uk.
http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/?p=1643

Or read more on the “get-scripting podcast” blog
http://get-scripting.blogspot.com/2009/08/get-scripting-podcast-episode-12-carter.html

TeckHead.com has released a list of free tools and scriptrs for your VMware enviroment.

The list will be updated with new tools and scripts when ever new are found …

Read the list here.

After almost 2 years of silence a new version of the ESXHealthScript has surfaced.

Version 0.30 is released.

VMware have included the old and trustworthy performance monitor VMKUSAGE in VC 2.5 U4.
This time the monotor has been added to VC as a plugin.

To get access to the new plugin you have to follow this knowledge base article.

If you like me upgraded your VC without stopping the Webaccess service first you have to follow this KB article before the plugin will work.


See more screenshots at www.run-virtual.com.

Today I had to create a script that creates lists of VMs, for each of the below statements:

  • CD-ROM is ‘Connected’
  • CD-ROM set to ‘Connect at power on’
  • CD-ROM device type set to ‘Client Device’
  • CD-ROM device type set to ‘Datastore ISO file’
  • Floppy is ‘Connected’
  • Floppy set to ‘Connect at power on’
  • Floppy device type set to ‘Client Device’
  • Floppy device type set to ‘Use excisting floppy image in datastore’
  • Serial Ports attached
  • Parallel Ports attached

Get it here

Finally Microsoft is giving away it’s software for free.
They are starting with SharePoint Designer 2007 (formally Frontpage).
It’s a start and I’m hoping they will keep up the “good work” 🙂

Get it from Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=baa3ad86-bfc1-4bd4-9812-d9e710d44f42

A fellow member in the Danish Usergroup has created a very simple backup script for ESX and ESXi using PowerShell and VCB.

http://www.virtualize.dk

I like that it’s small and simple.
Keep up the good work….

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