Want FREE VMware VCP5 and VCAP5 Study Guides? Veeam and Pure Storage got you Covered

  VMworld 2013 is fast approaching and there will be many things up for grabs. Free Swag, giveaways, contests, etc… are a part of the solutions exchange and something we’ve all come to love (most of us), and to a certain degree, expect. I’m here to tell you that Jason Langer and I will be adding to the Swag portion …

The ValCo Labs VCP5 Prep Kit Giveaway

  Welcome to the first ever ValCo Labs giveaway event! Since this is my contest/giveaway cherry, I don’t want to go too CRAZY because any subsequent contests/giveaways have the potential for being subpar, and nobody wants that! How to Enter: Leave a comment in the comments section and include the following: If you could change one thing about vSphere, what …

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

Modifying Maximum Virtual Machine Console Sessions (Per Host or VM)

Some time ago, JC ran into a problem. Some of our security folks were concerned that multiple users could interact with a virtual machine’s console session (MKS). Their concern was that any user that had privileges to access the console of a VM could leverage the privileges of any user currently using the virtual machine. Understandably, this could be a …

Objective 5.2 – Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 5.2 – Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance   **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify VMware Fault Tolerance requirements Figuring out VMware Fault Tolerance requirements can be a bit cumbersome, especially when browsing through all the different CPUs and their …

Objective 5.6 – Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 5.6 – Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines   **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT**   Knowledge Identify patching requirements for ESXi hosts and virtual machine hardware/tools Patching requirements for ESXi hosts and virtual machine hardware/tools are usually separate, but depending …

Objective 5.5 – Backup and Restore Virtual Machines

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 5.5 – Backup and Restore Virtual Machines   **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT**   Knowledge   Identify snapshot requirements A snapshot is essentially a point-in-time image of a virtual machine.  I won’t get deep into how they are implemented within vSphere …

Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Define Storage Virtual Appliance (VSA) architecture Below is how VMware describes their two node VSA Cluster Architecture from page 9 of the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance …

Objective 5.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 5.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Knowledge Identify ESXi host and virtual machine requirements for vMotion and Storage vMotion There are multiple host and virtual machine requirements in order to perform vMotion and Storage vMotions on any given …