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If you have your hosts connected to a Cisco network infrastructure, you can see a hosts CDP information directly from within the VI Client. As you can see in the exampels below it’s quite impossible to get the full CDP picture if you have many hosts with multiple NICs. So I created a script that […]

Just released the complete powershell script to control vRanger backup from vCenter. Read about the script and it’s features here. Download it here.

Since Vizioncore came out with vRanger 4.x, last year, I been working on porting the VBS script “vRanger Script version 2.0” to Powershell. During this time I have found several bugs/missing functionality in the vAPI. Vizioncore have corrected the bugs with new releases of vRanger. The first vRanger version where all vAPI cmdlets worked in […]

A friend on the Danish VMUG pointed me towards this simple backup script, from GestaltIT.com. http://gestaltit.com/all/tech/virtualization/simon/vmware-backup-powercli-script/ The script creates a snapshot of a VM (from a CSV file) and creates a Thin Provisioned clone based on the snapshot, on a specified datastore (from the CSV file). This a smart and simple way to create a […]

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….

Yesterday I by mistake added the VirtualCenter servers local Users group to a folder in VC with ReadOnly permissions. This resulted in that I couldn’t delete or change any permissions on the folder. To solve the problem do the following (On a MSSQL2000 – should be almost the same on MSSQL2005): Open the SQL Server […]

A few weeks ago we were conducting a vRanger DR test of a VM (new host and new LUN). The VM was restored succesfull, but when we powered it on we discovered that it for some unexplaned reason had lost the SCSI0:1 (100GB) and SCSI0:2(300GB) VMDK’s. It had created two new 20GB VMDK’s instead. We […]

“This first VMware® VMbook focuses on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) and is intended to guide the reader through the step-by-step process to set-up a multisite VMware Infrastructure that is capable of supporting BCDR services. The VMbook will provide very valuable insight into the considerations and design principles for a multisite virtual infrastructure data […]

I’m now done with the new script and it’s working perfectly. Background for the script: At work we use vRanger to take DR snapshots of all our VM’s (more than 400). We decided that we would only snapshot drive 0 and use a TSM client to backup the data in each VM and that the […]

Duncan over at YellowBricks.com found a undocumented fearure in the VCB config.js file One of my customers wanted to use the default VCB framework but did not want to quiesce the VM for several reasons. (Databases, Active Directory etc.) I could not find an option in the config.js file but noticed the following in the […]