Month: July 2013

Some updates to the PowerCLI Shutdown VMs Script – Now w/ a virtualized vCenter option

Over that past few months I've been getting quite a few emails and comments as it pertains to the scripts I have shared to shutdown and power on VMs in the event of power loss.  I assume since the storm weather is kicking in people are realizing that they need to have some kind of protection in regards to gracefully getting the VMs down.  Now I've had the (privilege?) of watching my script run multiple times in a production environment and it has gotten to the point where it is working flawlessly.  One caveat to the script though – whichever Windows box is executing the PowerShell must stay powered on longer than your vCenter Server. That being said the script would be pretty useless if you had a virtualized vCenter Server running on the same cluster as your production VMs that your are shutting down – this is what all of the emails and comments that I've been getting have been based around.  So, without further ado I've added a few updates to the script to better support those with a virtualized vCenter.  A few explanations below… So first off (Line 50) I've added a variable called $vCenterVMName and assigned this a default value of NA.  This variable should hold the VM Name of your vCenter Server.  I've tried to keep just one version of the script supporting both...

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Get your @InfinioSystems Free #VMworld Conference Pass – Only 2 days left!!!

VMworld 2013 in San Francisco is only 33 days away and you only have 2 more days to enter Infinio's contest to get a chance to win a free full conference pass.  Honestly, this couldn't be easier!  Enter your name and check a few boxes and you are in!  VMworld is epic and a great time packed full of a ton of information and great conversation so if it is simply the cost of the pass that is holding you back, make sure you enter! Wait!  Who is Infinio? ​If you find yourself scratching your head and wondering who Infinio is don't worry – They just came out of stealth at Tech Field Day 9 unveiling their Infiniio Accelerator.  This product is in its basics a server side cache that pools the hosts RAM and uses it to accelerate NFS workloads in your vSphere environment.  You can have a look at some of the blog posts that came out of that day at the bottom of this post.  I know there is some pretty big anticipation on my part to see this product in action once it is released! Chris Wahl – Infinio Aims To Accelerate Your VMware NAS Workloads Duncan Epping – Startup Intro – Infinio Alastair Cooke – Infinio, cache in your ESXi server for your NFS datastores ​By know if you have read the posts above you...

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Friday Shorts – #C2OS, Goodbye Reader, Free #VMworld passes and more…

Surely you can't be serious.  I am serious…Don't call me Shirley. – Ted Striker(Robery Hays) and  Rumack(Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane – Classic!!!! #C2OS ​Guess what!?!  The #vBrownBag crew, specifically Cody Bunch are doing something wicked awesome!  SHOCKER!  They do this week in and week out and I certainly recommend checking it out.  Well it seems now we have a spin off off of the spin off sack lunches that have been dealing with OpenStack, this one called Couch to OpenStack!  If you have any interest in OpenStack at all I would certainly check these out – I'll be attending live when I can but hey, if you can't make it they record the whole thing.  Episode 1 is available here – Get IT! No more Google Reader So depressed!  It's an interface I've used on a daily basis for quite some time now – and now, it's gone!  The fact that I knew it was coming didn't help!  Anyways, there goes my whole 'Sh!t I starred" section of my Friday Shorts now, since I'm not starring anything anymore.  I'll continue to throw interesting links I've read/found, just will have to come up with a new title 🙂  RIP Google Reader! Free VMworld passes! Great contest going on at VMware with the Hands on Labs team.  The contest – simply take a picture of yourself taking a hands on lab – in the...

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