PowerCLI script to help correlate vCenter, ESXi & vSAN build/versions w/o manual VMware KB lookup

I can still remember when I was a VI Admin and how annoying it was to try to correlate the build numbers for my ESX(i) hosts and vCenter Servers that I have deployed with the versions listed on VMware’s website. This especially gets challenging when there are multiple patch releases (a, b, c or 01, […]

ESXi Learnswitch – Enhancement to the ESXi MAC Learn DvFilter

The ESXi MAC Learn dvFilter Fling was released a little over two years ago and it has become a must have when it comes to running our ESXi Hypervisor within a VM, also referred to as Nested ESXi. The reason this Fling has become such a popular hit amongst our customers and partners is that […]

Quick Tip - How to retrieve the ESXi Update Level using the vSphere API?

Using the vSphere API, it is very easy to extract the version and build of all your ESXi hosts. This information is exposed in the Product property of an ESXi host. For example, Product.Version will return something like 6.0.0 and Product.Build will return something like 3029758. However, one thing that is not available in this property is […]

Using the vSphere API to remotely collect ESXi esxcfg-info

Using the same technique as I have described here, you can now also use the vSphere API to connect to vCenter Server to remotely collect esxcfg-info from ESXi hosts without having to SSH’ing to each and every single host. Historically, the esxcfg-* commands were only available in the classic ESX Service Console (COS) and the ESXi Shell. As part […]