Using the vSphere API in vCenter Server to collect ESXTOP & vscsiStats metrics

Back in 2013, I wrote two articles here and here on how to use the Service Manager API that was introduced in vSphere 5.1 to remotely collect ESXTOP and vscsiStats metrics. At the time, I was told that this API was only available when connecting directly to an ESXi host using the vSphere API. This was […]

vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) PowerCLI 6.5 community module

As some of you may know, I have been spending some time with the new vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) feature that was introduced in vSphere 6.5. In fact, I had even published an article a few weeks back on how to enable the new vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) feature with only a single ESXi host which allowed […]

An update on how to retrieve useful information from a vSphere login?

There was an internal Socialcast question today in which the answer could be found in my how to identify the origin of a vSphere login article. After responding to the question, I had realized that I wrote that article almost 6 years ago and what is even more crazy is that it is still very applicable today. […]

New vSphere 6.5 APIs worth checking out

With the upcoming new release of vSphere, there are quite a few new vSphere APIs to look forward to and consume from an Automation standpoint. Similiar to what I had done in the past with previous major releases of vSphere, here is a list of of some of the new vSphere APIs (SOAP based) that I think are worth checking out whether they are […]

Configure new automatic Space Reclamation (VMFS UNMAP) using vSphere 6.5 APIs

Since its first introduction in vSphere 5.5, VMFS UNMAP also know as Space Reclamation for a VMFS based datastore has been a pretty popular Storage capability in vSphere. A commonly asked question from customers is when will the “automatic” capability return? Well, it looks like it is now back in the upcoming vSphere 6.5 release as blogged about here by Duncan Epping. […]