Automate AWS VPC Setup with AWS PowerShell and CSV

Automate AWS VPC Setup with AWS PowerShell and CSV This post is about how to automate the creation of the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Network for use with Amazon EC2 Instances. We can accomplish this task by filling out a .csv file and running the accompanying script. This script accomplishes the following based on the information provided in… Read More »

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How to Join a 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance to Active Directory ( Video )

The video shows the process for joining a 6.5 vCenter Server to an Active Directory domain. It walks through the process of adding the appliance to Active Directory, adding the identity source to the vCenter Server and giving the domain admins group administrative access to vCenter. Enjoy…    

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Automate NSX Logical Switch Creation Using PowerNSX

Automate NSX Logical Switch Creation Using PowerNSX This is a post about how to mass create logical switches for VMware NSX. First we will show how to create NSX Logical Switches using the GUI. While easy enough, when it comes to very large deployments requiring hundreds or even thousands of logical switches for VXLAN/Layer 2 broadcast domain segmentation,… Read More »

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How to Migrate ESXI Host Networking to a Single Distributed Virtual Switch

How to Migrate ESXI Host Networking to a Single Distributed Virtual Switch This is a post about how to migrate an ESXI host that has multiple vSphere Standard Switches to a single vSphere Distributed Switch. If you’re licensed for vSphere Distributed Switches, they allow for easier management of virtual networking by simply being able to make changes on… Read More »

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Quickly Change Path Selection Policy for ESXI Hosts using PowerCLI

Quickly Change Path Selection Policy for ESXI Hosts using PowerCLI This is a quick post about how to change the path selection policies of multiple ESXI hosts within VCenter. It’s typically a best practice for most storage array vendors to want VMware host path selection policy ( PSP ) to align with the best practices of the storage… Read More »

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Automate ESXI Host Configuration with PowerCLI and CSV

Automate ESXI Host Configuration with PowerCLI and CSV This post is about automating ESXI host configuration by using a CSV file. First, it is worth noting that if you’re a VMware customer that is licensed for Host Profiles, then I would suggest using Host Profiles to automate configuration. Configuring multiple ESXI hosts using host profiles is a well-documented… Read More »

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ESXI 6.5 Install Using FTP Server KickStart Script

ESXI 6.5 Install Using FTP Server KickStart Script This post is about installing ESXI 6.5 using a KickStart script. Specifically we will use a KickStart script located on an FTP server. The goal here is to configure basic ESXI host information like root password, Hostname, IP Address, and DNS Server information without having to manually enter the information… Read More »

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5 EASY Examples of Using PowerShell with CSV Files

Automation is one of the themes of this blog. Many of you I’m sure are familiar with the sheer amount of power that resides in using Windows PowerShell or PowerCLI if you’re using VMware. And the internet is littered with scripts and examples of PowerShell being used to automate Active Directory, Exchange, Office 365, VMware and many other… Read More »

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VMware 6.5 Installation (ESXI and vCenter) Part-2 Walk-Through

  In the previous post, we deployed the ESXI 6.5 Hypervisor. Now we will deploy our first vCenter 6.5 appliance. Ideally, we will want to do a little preparation prior to starting the process. ( Please note, in this example, we are installing vCenter with an embedded platform services controller. An embedded platform services controller do not support… Read More »

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VMware 6.5 Installation (ESXI and vCenter) Part-1 Walk-Through

The objective of this is post is to give a full walk through of the install process for VMware 6.5. We will start by showing the basic manual install process for ESXI 6.5. For experienced VMware professionals, this will be pretty rudimentary. However, if you’re new to VMware or virtualization in general, the basic install process of ESXI… Read More »

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