Automating the new native VCSA bootstrap "Easy Install" in vSAN 6.6

In case you missed the previous article, have a read here which goes into greater detail behind the new VCSA bootstrap installer (also known as vSAN Easy Install) which is part of the new vSAN 6.6 release. As I hinted at the end of the previous post, customers not only have a simplified way of bootstrapping the […]

Project USB to SDDC - Part 3

OK, the wait is finally over! In this final article, we will now walk through the process of getting access to this project as well as how to get this deployed in your own environment. For those that just want to see the code, you can find it at the Github project below: Github Project: https://github.com/lamw/usb-to-sddc […]

Auditing & Automating Disabled Protocols (TLS/SSLv3) for ESXi 6.0u3 & 6.5 using PowerCLI

A couple of weeks back, I had received a question from one of our TAMs in regards to automating the disablement of specific TLS/SSL protocols for their ESXi 6.0 Update 3 hosts. As of vSphere 6.0 Update 3 and vSphere 6.5, customers now have the ability to completely disable TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1 and SSLv3 using […]

Correlating vSAN perf metrics from vSphere Web Client to both PowerCLI & vSAN Mgmt API

While going through the PowerCLI 6.5.1 release notes last week, in addition to the new Get-VsanView cmdlet which exposes the complete vSAN Management API through PowerCLI, I had learned that we had also released a new Get-VsanStat cmdlet. This new cmdlet allows customers to easily retrieve the various vSAN Performance Metrics provided by the vSAN Performance Service. The really nice thing about vSAN […]

Quick Tip - Creating a multiline Dockerfile using heredoc w/variable substitution

I was helping out a fellow colleague yesterday who was having some troubles handling a multiline echo statement within his Dockerfile. There are multiple ways in which you can create multiline Dockerfiles, the web is full of examples from using multiple echo statements (pretty ugly) to using heredocs which is easier to read and manage. The challenge was that he […]