Cleanup Archived Event Logs with PowerShell

I ran into an environment today where a group policy object (GPO) was configured at the domain level that set security logs to be archived to the C: drive when full.  The need for the policy abated, then the policy was removed.  But, the setting to archive event logs on each server and workstation in the domain persisted.  Hard drives - physical and virtual - began to fill up, taking down critical services.  The fix was easy, but I thought I would share for others who might run into the same issue. First, I set a group policy to configure appropriately sized logs and retention policies on … [Read more...]

Virtualization Bookmarks for August 28th

Here are some bookmarks for resources that I have recently referenced: vCenter 4 and ESX 4 Now Use 10 Year Default SSL Certificate | VM /ETC - Rich Brambly has some guidance on installing a new SSL certificate on vCenter, with very useful links in his post to official VMware documentation and KB's on the subject. VMware vSphere Client on Microsoft Windows 7! | Virtual Lifestyle - Heiko Verlande has found a way to run the VMware vSphere Client on Windows 7. Virtu-Al » PowerCLI: Daily Report V2 - Version two of a handy PowerShell based VMware Environment Daily Report from VMware vExpert … [Read more...]

VI Toolkit for Windows v1.5 Released Today

VMware released version 1.5 of the VI Toolkit for Windows - the PowerShell management and reporting tool of choice for many VMware administrators. The new version carries build number 142961. You can download v1.5 here: http://blogs.vmware.com/vipowershell/. The update includes some 32 new cmdlets, including ones for getting/setting NTP settings on ESX, getting/setting Advanced configuration options on ESX, getting/setting ESX Firewall settings, and the ability to modify DRS rules using PowerShell. Existing cmdlets have also been updated with new parameters, and several fixes have been … [Read more...]

Guest Free Disk Space Revisited

I wrote about a method for determining guest free disk space using a PowerShell script a couple weeks ago.  Scott Lowe picked up the post on his blog last week.  Since then I have had several other conversations with folks looking the best way to report on inefficiencies in their environments (it's the economy, stupid) and mitigate those inefficiencies as budgets get tighter. When it comes to reporting there are a ton of options available.  The solution you choose will be dependent on your environment and the tools you already have in place.  Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMB's) often … [Read more...]