How to determine when a Virtual Machine is ready for additional operations?

This might sound like a pretty simple and basic question, right? However, the answer will actually depend on what you are trying to do. The motivation for this blog post actually stemmed from a conversation I had with one of our Engineers who works over in our core Platform Management Infrastructure which includes VMware Tools, Guest OS […]

Using PowerCLI to invoke Guest Operations API to a Nested ESXi VM

In my opinion, the Guest Operations API in vSphere is still one of the most powerful Virtual Machine capabilities that is available to vSphere Administrators and anyone else who integrates with the vSphere Platform. The Guest Operations API allows users to perform guest operations (running commands, transferring files, etc) directly within the guestOS as if […]

Whitepaper: Migrating From VIX API to the vSphere Guest Operations API

The VMware VIX API in my opinion is still one of the most powerful and undervalued API’s that is available to customers and partners for Virtual Machine guest operating system Automation. The VIX API allows you to perform guest operations such as starting/stopping an application, file/directory manipulation, uploading/downloading files all within the guest operating system […]

Automating VCSA Network Configurations For Greenfield Deployments

If you deploy the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) or other virtual appliances directly onto an ESXi host, you will notice the network configuration wizard for the virtual appliance is not available as you would expect when deploying to a vCenter Server. The reason for this is that ESXi does not support some of the advanced […]