Change SRM placeholder datastore

For every virtual machine in a protection group, Site Recovery Manager creates a placeholder virtual machine at the recovery site. You must identify a datastore on the recovery site in which Site Recovery Manager can store the placeholder virtual machines. It only reserves a place for protected virtual machines in... [Read More]

Get Lun information in PowerCLI

I recently needed to check the path selection policy on a large number of Luns on a large number of hosts. The idea of doing it in the web client was worse than the 35 degrees outside so I decided to script it. I started with the Get-ScsiLun cmdlet but... [Read More]

ERROR certificate-manager 'lstool get' failed: 1

The other day I had to replace the machine SSL certificate on a vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. Since vCenter 6.0 the process of replacing a certificate has been greatly simplified, the certificate-manager script basically takes care of everything which is really nice. However, this time I encountered an error when... [Read More]

Conflict between EMC Networker client and vCenter Server (Windows)

I encountered a really strange issue with a customer on a Windows based vCenter server. (I know Windows will be deprecated soon but this is another discussion and it is still supported as of now). I am going to simplify what happened and consolidate the useful bits. <img src="/img/emc-networker-vcenter.png" alt=""... [Read More]

Speed up PowerCLI

A few weeks ago while working on a Nagios integration to monitor Horizon View. I ran into a problem where my script would time out after 60 seconds, very annoying. It made me notice that the server running the scripts was very slow in PowerShell. After checking out google I... [Read More]

Horizon View shambles

I started working with Horizon View for a customer a little less than a year ago. I had never used the product before and boy was life sweet. I will consider this post a mix of self therapy and archives (I know, makes sense to me). Although before ranting at... [Read More]

PowerCLI SRM module: How to use it

If you have Site Recovery Manager in your environment and you are a scripting freak like me who wants to do everything from a Powershell window, you found the right place! You can already do a lot of things with the built-in PowerCLI modules in a... [Read More]

Canceling hung tools upgrade task

One of the steps of upgrading a vSphere deployment is to update the VMware tools to the version provided by the hosting ESXi server. Like most of you know, it is very easy to upgrade the tools from vCenter. You either click the Update VMware Tools... [Read More]