Using CURL to Add Additional NIC to Packer Image

Recently I was working on a project to streamline virtual machine images for clustered databases. I was using Packer to create the base images and Terraform to deploy them for new requests. This all runs via Linux containers that do not have PowerCLI installed (though I could ask to get it installed). The issue I... Continue Reading →

Monitoring vCenter 6.7 Scheduled Backups with Log Insight

One of the great features within VCSA 6.7 is the ability to schedule daily backups. The only challenge is that there is no built-in notifications as to whether they succeeded or not.  At times I've gone a few days (weeks) until I noticed they weren't successful so I decided to monitor the jobs with Log... Continue Reading →

Applying vSphere Encryption when cloning a VM

We are implementing vSphere Encryption on top of vSAN encryption in a specific solution area.  The basic setup is a vSAN cluster in each of 10 data centers.  The templates are in one data center and cloned to the clusters in each of the other data centers. We created the new storage policy called "VSAN-RAID5-FTT1-Encryption"... Continue Reading →

VRA 7.X Directory Config – Failed to connect to

We were having LDAP issues within our VRA 7.3 lab deployment which started directly after an array outage that took down our domain controllers.  During recovery of the domain controllers they were upgraded to 2016 before I was able to look into the LDAP issue within VRA.  Below is how I solved the connector issue... Continue Reading →

Hyper-V 2016 Shows up as Windows 10 in WSUS

I've been working within a POC of SCVMM/Hyper-V 2016 in our lab for about 8 months in preparation for a production deployment.  After WannaCry I was validating patching and noticed the Hyper-V hosts were not getting patches.  We have a WSUS server setup that is pushing all security and critical patches. Upon looking in WSUS... Continue Reading →

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