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Creating shortcuts for PowerCLI that automatically log you in.

So, I started a new job a couple of months ago and we have multiple vCenter environments.  My friend & temporary co-worker, Brian Spagna (@bspagna) and I both wanted to have shortcuts to launch PowerCLI windows and have a different background color for each to easily identify which environment we were in.  We thought it would be cool to have it automatically connect to it’s respective vCenter also! I recommend you upgrade to the latest version of PowerCLI (6.5.1) for

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Disabling WiFi Power Management Permanently for Raspberry PI 3 with Raspbian Jessie

One problem I found when playing with my Raspberry PI3 (running Raspbian Jessie), is that the WiFi would drop after a certain amount of inactivity.  This was problematic at VMUG Meetings, and due to lack of having a screen to connect, I was forced to power-cycle the unit to get it back online.  After doing some googling, I found the built-in WiFi for the Raspberry PI 3 had some Power Management features, which were enabled by default. You can check

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Script to delete folder older than 30 days… by Name

I had a need, on one of my file servers, to delete some data that was older than 30 days, to clear space.  This would need to be a re-occurring task, so what better way to accomplish it than to script it! Here’s the rub…  The folders are each in a YYYYMMDD format (ex: 20170115), yet the content in the folders could be dated other than the folder name itself.  For instance, there could be a folder (say 20170626) that

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Setting up the Raspberry PI 3 As A VMUG Registration System

Sometime in 2016, there were some posts in the VMUG Leader Workspace on vmug.com by Patrick Stasko (@PatrickStasko), from Cleveland VMUG, about setting up Raspberry PI as a VMUG Registration System.  I was very intrigued and decided to look into doing it for NJ VMUG! We purchased the following items: Raspberry PI 3 Model B Motherboard http://amzn.to/2l8bFjk CanaKit 5V 2.5A Raspberry PI 3 Power Supply/Adapter/Charger http://amzn.to/2jS61gh Official Raspberry PI 3 Case – Black/Grey http://amzn.to/2kHJpmN Addicore Raspberry PI Heatsink Set for

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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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