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 …

Configuring vCenter Operations Custom UI with Secure LDAP

I was recently working on a vCenter Operations (vCOps) installation at the customer site I work out and ran into an issue importing users from Active Directory (AD). In case you aren’t familiar with vCenter Operations, there are two UIs that can be accessed; a standard UI and a custom UI. The standard UI uses permissions defined within vCenter to …

PernixPro – A Flash Hypervisor Community

Today (October 14th), PernixData announced a new program that enables industry experts and enthusiasts to help shape one of the most (if not THE most) exciting products of 2013; PernixData FVP. PernixPro is a program that will allow its members to interact with PernixData experts, the research and development team and other PernixPro members. PernixPro also gives its members access …

EMC Common Antivirus Agent (CAVA) – Virus Scanners Offline

Hey folks, @virtualtacit (http://blog.virtualtacit.com) and I ran into an interesting issue recently where the EMC CAVA antivirus servers were in an “OFFLINE” state and virus scanning services were down. EMC’s Common Anti-Virus Agent is software that runs on a Windows operating system and leverages the system’s antivirus client to scan CIFS shares that are located on a VNX File or …

Guest I/O Profiling – Survey Results

A month ago I posted a survey revolving around guest I/O workload characterization. The survey consisted of five questions (I wish I would have included a sixth) that asked respondents about their experience with profiling the I/O that goes to and from the guest VM to the storage subsystem. Let me tell you why this data is important: simply, knowing …

VMware vCenter vApp – Invalid Hostname. FQDN is required for joining a domain.

Hey folks, I recently upgraded my lab to vSphere 5.5 and decided to try out the vCenter virtual appliance (VCVA). During the install I entered the hostname without a domain since I wasn’t sure what domain it was going to reside on. Later when I tried to configure authentication I ran into this error. It wasn’t apparent at the time …