Automating VM keystrokes using the vSphere API & PowerCLI

I am constantly amazed at the number of new use cases that can now be enabled with some of the new and updated capabilities of our vSphere Platform. I recently discovered a new vSphere API that was introduced in vSphere 6.5 called PutUsbScanCodes() which may sound a little strange but it enables some really slick Automation capabilities. This […]

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, […]

Quick Tip - Locating SRM Placeholder VMs using the vSphere API

I had received a question the other day from a reader where they were trying to distinguish between the running VM and its placeholder VM due to their use of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Since the VM name is exactly the same in both vCenter Servers, it was not clear how to identify between the […]

Uniquely identifying VMs in vSphere Part 3: Enhanced Linked Mode & Cross VC-vMotion

Back in 2012, I had published two articles which provides details and guidance on how to uniquely identify a Virtual Machine for both a vSphere and/or vCloud Director environment. The primary use case for this information was for customers or partners who have developed their own provisioning solution which requires them to track their VM assets throughout their lifecycle, […]

How to move vSAN Datastore into a Folder?

A question came up the other day from a customer that wanted to move a vSAN-based datastore into a vSphere Folder, but was having some trouble with this operation. vSphere Folders are commonly used by administrators for organizational purposes and/or permission delegation. When the customer tried to move their vSAN datastore into a folder using the […]