Automated deployment and setup of vRealize Network Insight (vRNI)

Earlier last week I had deployed the latest version of vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) 3.2 in my home lab to learn more about the product and its capabilities. The vRNI setup involves involves deploying two Virtual Machines, the first being the main vRNI Platform OVA. Once the vRNI Platform VM has been deployed, you will need to activate it with […]

Custom script bundle is now possible with Auto Deploy in vSphere 6.5

It has been some time since I had looked at the Auto Deploy and Host Profile feature in vSphere. As a former customer, I still remember one of the challenges I had in evaluating Auto Deploy and specifically Host Profiles was the fact that it did not cover all the possible ESXi configurations. This made it very difficult to operationalize as you […]

vGhetto Automated vSphere Lab Deployment for vSphere 6.0u2 & vSphere 6.5

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a few tweets from me hinting at a vSphere deployment script that I have been working on. This was something I had initially built for my own lab use but I figured it probably could benefit the larger VMware community, especially around testing and evaluational purposes. Today, I am please to announce […]

5 ways to a run PowerCLI script using the PowerCLI Docker Container

In case you missed the exciting update last week, the PowerCLI Core Docker Container is now hosted on Docker Hub. With just two simple commands you can now quickly spin up a PowerCLI environment in under a minute! This is really useful if you need perform a couple of operations using the cmdlets interactively and then discarding the environment once you […]

How to run a Docker Container on the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5?

One of the most notable changes in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) in vSphere 6.5 is a switch of the underlying OS from SLES to VMware’s very own Photon OS. With this change, VMware will now own the entire software stack within the VCSA (OS + Application). This will allow VMware to quickly respond and deliver OS and security updates to […]