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 […]

Quick Tip - What hashing algorithm is supported for ESXi Kickstart password?

I had a question the other day asking whether the encrypted password which can be specified within an ESXi Kickstart file (denoted by the –isencrypted flag) can use a different hashing algorithm other than MD5? The answer is absolutely yes. In fact, MD5 as a default hashing algorithm has NOT been used for a number […]

New VMware Configuration Maximum Tool

VMware has just released a new web-based tool that will enable customers to easily view and compare product configuration maximums across different VMware product versions. You can access the easy to remember URL by going to: https://configmax.vmware.com In this first release of this tool, customers will have the ability to look up configuration maximums for vSphere (includes VSAN) […]

ESXi host with network redundancy using NSX-T and only 2 pNICs?

In todays data centers, it is not uncommon to find servers with only 2 x 10GbE network interfaces, this is especially true with the rise of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure over the last several years. For customers looking to deploy NSX-T with ESXi, there is an important physical network constraint to be aware of which is quickly mentioned in […]

Thunderbolt to 10GbE Network Adapters for ESXi

I was recently made aware of this article in which the author, Karim Elatov, had successfully demonstrated the use of a Sonnett Thunderbolt 2 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with ESXi running on an Apple Mac Mini. As far as I am aware of, this may be the first public confirmation that such a device would […]