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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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Migrating Roles & Privileges from an old vCenter to a new vCenter using PowerCLI

So we’re finally upgrading an old environment running vCenter 4.0 to a new vCenter running 5.5.  Instead of attempting an upgrade, we’re building new.  As it’s a new build, we had to find a way to migrate the roles & privileges to the new vCenter. I have done this in the past utilizing the “Cheap Disaster Recovery” scripts from Gabe’s Virtual World.  You can find Gabe on twitter here! For some reason, the export script didn’t work for me here.

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My First VMworld Experience

            So, VMworld US 2015 was my first time being able to experience VMworld first hand, and not by streaming keynotes and watching recorded sessions months later.  As a VMUG Leader, I’ve experienced VMUG Meetings and UserCons before (both as a leader and a member) but this was a whole different animal! First off, I have to credit my brother, Matt, for helping to guide my VMworld experience, introduce me to different VMworld regulars, recommend

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PowerCLI Script to list VMs not specifically set to Thick Eager Zeroed

First, I’ll start with a little back story. We recently deployed an EMC XTremIO All-Flash storage appliance.   The recommendation we got from EMC, for the best deduplication ratios, was to use the Thick-Eager Zeroed disk format.  No matter how many times I tell my coworkers to make sure to use this format when deploying VMs to the xTremIO LUNs, once in a while, someone does forgets and deploys a THIN provisioined VM. Also, we found that when performing P2Vs using

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PowerCLI Script to change the DRS Slider

So, I have a cluster of hosts that makes up our QA Environment.  As with most QA environments, it’s tight on resources and very over-subscribed.  On a regular basis, I have to move our DRS Slider to be more aggressive, RUN DRS to refresh recommendations, and then move the slider back.  This allows DRS to rebalance the cluster.  Today, I decided to script it. I made use of a script that @lucd22 posted (http://vmw.re/1EQCDkn) to change the DRS Migration Threshold

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PowerCLI Script to migrate VMs from one vCenter to another

Hey everyone, this is another guest post from Ben Liebowitz, Matt’s brother. Before I get into the script, I’ll give you some background…  We are working on migrating VMs off of our vSphere 4.1 environment to our new vSphere 5.5 environment.  The 4.1 environment is using the Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch while the 5.5 environment is using a vDS switch. We found the easiest way to migrate the VMs was to remove them from inventory on the 4.1 side and

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More vSphere 4.1 Enhancements – Welcome Back PVSCSI Driver!

As I keep digging into documents and KB articles I keep finding more and more things to like about vSphere 4.1.  Today’s find has to do with the PVSCSI driver. With the release of vSphere 4.0, VMware added a new paravirtualized SCSI driver into the VMware Tools that provides better virtual disk performance than the standard LSI driver.  The PVSCSI driver promised to deliver better performance and lower overall CPU utilization for workloads that had high I/O demands.  Unfortunately the
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Nice Addition to vSphere 4.1 Enterprise License

When vSphere 4.1 was released a lot of people were talking about all of the amazing new features available in the product.  Along with introducing many new features, VMware also shuffled around some existing features into different license levels.  The one that got the most press was that vMotion was now available in vSphere Standard as well as the Essentials Plus bundle. In my opinion one of the biggest changes isn’t being talked about much at all.  In vSphere 4.1,

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vMotion of clustered VMs is supported in vSphere 4.1..or is it?

While looking over some of the new vSphere 4.1 documentation I noticed that VMware had updated their Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service document.  As clustering becomes a bigger component of Microsoft’s enterprise applications, support for clustering in vSphere becomes even more important. As in previous versions of this document they list the limitations for clustering on vSphere.  The list of limitation is below: The following environments and functions are not supported for MSCS setups with this release
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Issues updating VMware Tools with Update Manager

I recently updated a lab environment to vSphere 4 Update 2 and wanted to upgrade VMware Tools on several VMs at once.  I decided to use Update Manager to push out the VMware Tools update, and during the process discovered an issue between Update Manager and newer versions of Windows.  I didn’t try any of the following with vSphere 4.1. I remediated a folder of about seven VMs and to my surprise I saw that only a few of them
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