The other night I had a task of upgrading 22 VMs with additional vCPUs and memory. I also had a maintenance window of 60 minutes to get this completed. So I wasn’t going to do this more than once, so I just wrote a simple PowerCli script that would handle this process for me.
So this script starts off identifying the servers that the work is going to be performed on.… Continue reading
New Method for Installing PowerCLI
Starting with the newest version of PowerCLI, 6.5.1, the method for installation has changed from the typical MSI file to using the PowerShell Gallery.
Step 1. Uninstall PowerCLI
The first step is to uninstall PowerCLI from your system. To do this use Add/Remove Programs.
Before Installing the New PowerCLI, the old installation needs to be removed. … Continue reading
At work we have started to make a push to get as many servers off of RDM (Raw Device Mapping) drives in the virtual environment as we can. We use the RDM drives with MSCS (Microsoft Server Cluster Service) with SQL, but we do have a few application failover cluster as well. With this change we have an influx of iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) drive configurations along with MPIO (Multipath I/O) configured. … Continue reading
Have you ever found yourself trying to run a command, and found out that you need to have modules loaded that are only installed on a remote server. I know I have many times, and trying to found the right module to download at times is nearly impossible.
So starting with PowerShell version 3.0, there is a now way to import a module from a remote machine. … Continue reading
With the release of Windows Server 2016, we did a complete overhaul of all of our VM templates. The current way that I was building VMs (link to article) and configuring the NICs (link to article) stopped working because we increased the security footprint in the templates. So I was stuck figuring out how to revamp my build script. … Continue reading
Ecobee3 Thermostat with Sensor
With all of the home automation articles floating around the web these days, I thought that I would take some steps to get my house some updates. About 4 months back I had the HVAC system in my house replaced, but we didn’t opt for the installers to add a smart thermostat. … Continue reading
PowerCLI to Find Datastore with missing VM
During the last maintenance window at work, we starting having issues with vCenter, so to resolve the issues vCenter services were restarted. After the vCenter services came back up, I noticed one of the servers on a host had lost it connection. To make things worse, the datastore for the VM changed from the human readable format to location name.… Continue reading
PowerCLI 6.5 R1
VMware just release a new version of PowerCLI just today. Like every new release, they have packed with one with a ton of new features, and updates to the existing cmdlets to help with automation and daily operations.
Move-VM – This cmdlet has been updated to support the ability to vMotion machines between vCenters. … Continue reading
I was recently asked to gather the vMotion IPs for all of the hosts in our environment. We have about 80 or so VM Hosts, so this was a job for PowerCli. Below is the script.
vMotion IPs Gather from the Script
First there needs to be a place to put all of the information that is going to be collected. … Continue reading
At the end of the day I always take my laptop with me as I never know when I’ll get a call about server issues. So my PowerShell sessions remain open all of the time, with all of the modules loaded. Granted I do save my scripts that I work on frequently, and I had a problem before losing a few scripts without having a recent save. … Continue reading