Quick Tip - How do I tell if NSX-V or NSX-T is installed?

This question came up last week asking for a programmatic method to identify whether NSX-V or NSX-T is deployed in your environment. With NSX-V, vCenter Server is a requirement but for NSX-T, vCenter Server is not a requirement, especially for multi-hypervisor support. In this post, I will assume for NSX-T deployments, you have configured a […]

vGhetto Automated Pivotal Container Service (PKS) Lab Deployment 

While working on my Getting started with VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) blog series awhile back, one of the things I was also working on was some automation to help build out the required infrastructure NSX-T (Manager, Controller & Edge), Nested ESXi hosts configured with VSAN for the Compute vSphere Cluster and Pivotal Ops Manager. This was […]

How do you "log a reason" using PowerCLI when rebooting or shutting down ESXi host?

I am sure many of you have seen this UI prompt asking you to specify a reason before issuing a reboot or shutdown of an ESXi host and I assume most of you spend a few seconds to type in a useful message and not just random characters, right? 😉 Have you ever tried performing […]

Leveraging Instant Clone in vSphere 6.7 for extremely fast Nested ESXi provisioning

The idea of “Instant Cloning” a Nested ESXi VM (running ESXi in a VM) is not a new concept. In fact, I had shared a solution back in 2015 using the private VMFork APIs. However, what has changed is the ease of consumption, primarily due to the re-architecture of Instant Clone in vSphere 6.7 (more details here and […]

New Instant Clone Architecture in vSphere 6.7 – Part 2

In the previous article, I provided an overview of the new “Parentless” Instant Clone feature which was introduced in vSphere 6.7 and some of the architectural differences between prior versions of Instant Clone. In this post, I will show you how to use the new Instant Clone feature, which is currently only available with the vSphere […]