This time we are jumping to vRealize Operations Manager and looking for an answer to the question: How long was my VM powered on, for example, in the last 7 or 30 days? Sounds simple and it can be useful to show that on SLA reports. Yes, we have a built-in metric in vROPS called … Continue reading vROPS Super Metric: VM OS Uptime in a given time
vRO workflow: sleep or pause and wait? What’s the difference, and when to use these options?
Introduction Sometimes we need to stop processing our workflows and wait for example to check a process in a guest every few seconds. But vRealize Orchestrator gives us two options. We can use Sleep task or use Waiting timer/Wait until the date that will suspend workflow and schedule resume when you want. But what are … Continue reading vRO workflow: sleep or pause and wait? What’s the difference, and when to use these options?
Create/Remove snapshots for all virtual machines inside VM folder using vRO Plugin
Have you ever tried to create snapshots for multiple virtual machines? You can select many VM and power on/off, migrate or delete, but there is no option to create or remove snapshots. When you need to do it on few servers, it is not a problem, but what if you need to make 20 snapshots? … Continue reading Create/Remove snapshots for all virtual machines inside VM folder using vRO Plugin
Register vRealize Orchestrator 8.3 as an extension of vCenter Server 7.0
vRealize Orchestrator is a great automation platform and can be used to automate many everyday tasks. Sometimes we don't realize that we have the required license, and we can use it in our environment because it is included in the vSphere license (check vRO licensing here). We can build custom workflows or use out-of-the-box plugins … Continue reading Register vRealize Orchestrator 8.3 as an extension of vCenter Server 7.0
How to shrink a thick VMDK disk on a virtual machine
Extending a virtual disk is a common task. Just grow VMDK disk on VMware and then on the operating system. Usually, you don't need a maintenance window for that. But what if you need to shrink the disk. It is not so obvious. For example, we had a virtual machine that required 1000GB disk space … Continue reading How to shrink a thick VMDK disk on a virtual machine
How to build custom ESXi image
Introduction Sometimes you need to create your own ESXi image with additional content. In my case, I had to add the community-created ne1000 VIB. Below you will find a short instruction on how to do this. Create own image Install PowerCLI and import Image Builder module: Windows PowerShell Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. … Continue reading How to build custom ESXi image
My Home Lab
Introduction It is my first post here. I decided to tell you about my home lab that I started to build a few weeks ago. I have never needed a lab at home before. I(we) had a relatively large environment at my previous job to test all I needed. But I have changed employer, and … Continue reading My Home Lab