Programmatically Push Custom Data into vCenter Operations

I’ve been doing a lot of customization with vCenter Operations Manager lately, mainly customized dashboards, and I wanted to explore ways of getting data into vCOps other than having to use a third party adapter (such as Hyperic) or make my own adapter. Enter the HTTP Post Adapter. The HTTP Post adapter comes with vCenter Operations (I believe this comes …

Finding orphaned Virtual Machines – The Python Way

For the past few years I’ve done a little dabbling in Powershell for on-demand automation. I wanted to expand my horizons outside the realm of Powershell and find something more powerful, not only for vSphere, but other technologies that have APIs accessible via Python. I had never used Python, but had to start somewhere. I decided to start with Learning Python …

Setting Perennial Reservations for MSCS with EMC CX/VNX Arrays

A few months ago I was putting together a technical solution to support a vSphere upgrade (physical hosts and vSphere version) and a SAN upgrade, As part of the upgrade, the customer wanted to virtualize their file services as well. The customer wanted the same level of availability and redundancy in the virtual environment that they had in the physical …

Modify Historical Statistics Level using PowerCli

I was recently approached by one of my performance engineers about increasing the historical statistic level for our environment. Adjusting this level increases or decreases the amount of vCenter performance counters that are saved over time for each of the performance intervals. We were asked to increase our level in order to expose additional metrics to their monitoring application. While …

Query/Start vCenter Service – PowerShell Goodness

The following powershell script will allow you to QUERY and START the vCenter service for one or more servers. The script accepts multiple arguments, or an array “vcenter_servers” defined in the script. First, the script attempts to resolve/ping the vCenter server. If successfull, it performs a WMI call to determine the service status. Download here: vcenter_server_status.ps1 Enjoy! Martin

VMware View Linked Clone Pool Automation – Kelly J. Olivier @kjolivier

I work with several environments that are the same.  Actually, they are the same but different, with them all being direct copies of each other, but different domains, names, etc.  In an effort to automate lately, I have begun to experiment with powershell, PowerCLI, ViewCLI, etc.  I wanted to write a script that created an identical linked clone pool in …