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Configuring my Dell PowerEdge R920 for dual SD Cards instead of Internal HDs

We recently setup a Dell PowerEdge R920 that was in storage to add to our VDI Environment for additional resources.  This server differs from the other R920s in our environment as it has dual SD Cards internally instead of Hard Disks.  I had to configure the SD Cards in a mirror so we had fault tolerance, so this is the procedure I followed… 1. Power on the server.  The server will undergo a memory test. 2.  Once the memory test

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Windows 2012 R2: Static IP displays as DHCP IP

I ran across this issue this week with a bunch of new servers I built using a new Windows 2012 R2 Image I built and captured using Symantec Altiris.  There must have been some sort of corruption in the image that caused this issue.  The issue displays like this…  You set a static IP on your server (in this case, they were physical Dell Rack Mount servers).  After clicking OK, you go back into the NIC properties and into IPv4

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VMworld 2016 Scheduling Tip

Are you going to VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas?  I am!  And one thing that annoys me is that you cannot manually add anything to the schedule builder.  Also, this year they removed the old schedule builder and integrated it into the Content Catalog, removing some features the old Schedule Builder had, like exporting to PDF, etc. A fellow VMUG Leader, Eric Lee from the KC VMUG, gave me the idea to export the Schedule from the Content Catalog as

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One of my favorite tools – Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions

One of the tools I’ve been using for many years now is called Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions.  Based on the name, you’d think it’s just another RDP tool, but it’s much MUCH more! There are 2 versions of the product.  There is a FREE version, which gives you limited functionality, and an ENTERPRISE version for full functionality.  There is also a RDM Server as well, but I have no experience with that. The free version lets you setup RDP

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I NEED YOUR HELP – VMworld & GoFundMe Edition!

WHY: Last year was my first time attending VMworld.  As someone who’s whole career is currently centered around VMware products, this conference is THE conference to attend.  I received a free conference pass to VMworld in Las Vegas this year, however I am looking for assistance covering the Travel Expenses (Airfare, Hotel, Transportation).  I’ll cover meal costs myself. ABOUT ME: I am a Systems Engineer for a global news organization.  I’ve had my VCP since 2011 and was elected vExpert by VMware

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Mission: VMUG Virtual Event – May 17, 2016

As a VMUG Leader, I felt like I needed to post a blog entry on the upcoming VMUG Virtual event on May 17th, 2016.  The VMUG Virtual Events are always packed with information from VMware and vendors as well. VMware is presenting on topics like:  VSAN 6.2, vRA & NSX Technical Deepdive, AirWatch, Taking Virtualization to the next level, EUC, & “You Built a Software Defined Datacenter – Horray! Now What?” Some vendors presenting are: Veeam Software, Nimble Storage, SimpliVity,

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What do you do when a path to a NFS Datastore goes down?

My QA environment uses Isilon as it’s backend storage platform.  The Isilon share is one large storage volume that is setup with different paths (IPs) to the storage.  This environment has 6 datastores (6 paths).  The other day, we had one of those paths go down, taking down approx 75 VMs with it. I debated attempting to remove the down datastore and then add it back with the same name (with a different IP) but didn’t know what that would

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Adding a PowerShell Windows Update Script to my VMware Customizations

In my environments, we typically convert the templates to Virtual Machines once a quarter so we can install Windows Updates.  This means, there could be a number of patches to install if you’re 2+ months out from the last time they were updated.  So I decided to use a PowerShell script that my coworker wrote to do Windows Updates and run it during the Run Once phase of the vCenter Customizations. Typically, I have my customizations set to automatically login

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My Experience Upgrading vCenter to 5.5 Update 3b

I recently upgraded my vCenter from 5.5 Update 2, to 5.5 Update 3b.  As this is a fairly straightforward process, I didn’t expect anything to go wrong.  I proceeded through all the main components and once completed, attempted to connect to vCenter…  I found I couldn’t connect.  Further investigation found that the service would not start! Attempting to start the VMware Virtual Center service gave me: We also found that when we attempted to start VPXD manually from a command

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Patching VMware ESXi Hosts via PowerCLI!

*** Updated 5/17/2017 – See below *** This year, I’m trying something new…  Anything that I have to do more than 2-3 times, I’m going to attempt to automate it! In keeping with this mantra, I recently had a task come across my plate to patch the 20+ ESXi Hosts in one of my production environments.  Along with installing the latest Host Updates, I also wanted to upgrade Dell’s Open Manage Server Administrator to the latest version. In the past,

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