Automating vSphere Global Permissions with PowerCLI

vSphere Global Permissions was first introduced in vSphere 6.0, which provides a simple and consistent method for assigning permissions for individual users and/or groups across multiple vCenter Servers joined to the same vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) Domain. Global permissions works in the same way as traditional vSphere Permissions, but rather than assigning a permission to a specific entity, the association […]

How to automate vSphere MOB operations using PowerShell?

A couple of weeks back I was investigating something that involved the use of the vSphere Managed Object Browser (MOB) and I needed to automate a particular operation. For those of you not familiar with the vSphere MOB, it is a UI debugging tool that allows you to visualize and invoke vSphere APIs using just a web browser. The vSphere MOB is available […]

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 4: Finding all deployed vCenter Servers

In vSphere 6.0, there are a list of recommended topologies which can viewed in VMware KB 2108548. In the event that you need to locate all available vCenter Servers in your environment, you have a couple of options depending on type of access you have and the state of your environment (e.g. vSphere Web Client […]

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 3: Finding all deployed Platform Services Controller

In vSphere 6.0, there are a list of recommended topologies which can viewed in VMware KB 2108548. In the event that you need to locate all available Platform Services Controllers in your environment, you have a couple of options depending on type of access you have and the state of your environment (e.g. vSphere Web […]

Quick Tip - vSphere MOB is disabled by default in ESXi 6.0

Yesterday, I noticed an interesting error when trying to connect directly to the vSphere MOB on an ESXi 6.0 host. The following error message was displayed on the browser: 503 Service Unavailable (Failed to connect to endpoint: [N7Vmacore4Http20NamedPipeServiceSpecE:0x4bf02038] _serverNamespace = /mob _isRedirect = false _pipeName =/var/run/vmware/proxy-mob) This was the first time I had noticed this […]