PowerCLI Script to Set DNS and NTP on ESXi Hosts

Since joining VMware, I've built, rebuilt and updated several lab environments (home lab and work labs).  One of the problems I keep running into is incorrect/missing/disabled NTP on my ESXi hosts.  Because lab gear is often abused well-loved, BIOS time is not always correct (long periods of being powered off), settings are all sorts of jacked up (it's a lab, we're engineers, let's break stuff!!!), and documentation is non-existent.  The problem is not just in a lab environment - the number of customer environments I've seen that aren't set to use NTP is much higher than I would have thought … [Read more...]

VMware Product Updates – April 2013

VMware has released updates to several products over the past couple weeks.  Many of the updates take the version 5.1 products announced at VMworld 2012 to Update 1 (i.e. the first major service pack).  The updates, spanning vSphere (ESXi and vCenter), vCloud Director, vCenter Operations, vCenter Orchestrator, vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vSphere Data Protection, and the vSphere Storage Appliance, include bug fixes, security fixes, and functionality changes.  Here’s what you need to know about the updates, including a few upgrade bugs that you need to know about before you pull the … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe News and Announcements

I wanted to let you all know about some announcements that have come out at VMworld Europe over the past couple days.  These announcements help round out some of the new products and features announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.  These new and updated features are a big deal for customers who want to take a wholistic approach to deploying and managing a hybrid cloud across different service providers.  If you're thinking about upgrading your vSphere license to a vCloud Suite license (you have until December 15th to claim the free upgrade to the vCloud Suite Standard Edition, along with … [Read more...]

Reading the Tea Leaves Before VMworld 2012 – Part 1

This year’s VMworld conference in San Francisco is shaping up to be a great one.  VMware is gearing up for quite a conference this week – I’ve heard from several VMware insiders, saying this show will be “jaw-dropping,” “mind-blowing,” and “amazing.”  But, VMware is keeping the product announcements, acquisitions, and cool new technology very close to the vest this year, so the exact details are not yet known.  I thought I might engage in some predictive analytics against recent VMware press releases, VMworld session builder details, and some buzz in the community/press to guess at what might … [Read more...]

Clearpath & VMware View Lunch & Learn Presentation

I recently presented at a couple of Clearpath Solutions Group Lunch & Learn style events that focused on VMware View and touched on many of the components of VMware's growing End User Computing portfolio.  The presentation walked attendees through the concept of VDI, why it matters, and how IT groups can leverage desktop virtualization to transform from an or organization servicing devices (legacy desktops) to an organization that delivers services (apps & data) to users. A few key points that I wanted to call out from the presentation are: Cloud is both a journey & a … [Read more...]