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 […]

Translating vSAN VM Object IDs (UUID to VM and VM to UUID)

I was working on one of my vSAN Clusters a few weeks back and I had noticed a bunch of vSAN Objects being listed under the “Other” category within the vSAN Virtual Objects Health view as shown in the screenshot below. I could not figure out what files or VMs these vSAN objects were actually […]

How to convert vSAN RVC commands into PowerCLI and/or other vSphere SDKs?

A common request that I see come up from our field and customers is getting specific vSAN Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) commands to be made more generally available in other vSphere CLI/SDKs like PowerCLI for example. Funny enough, many folks do not realize that this functionality has been there since vSAN 6.2 and specifically with the […]

Managing & silencing vSAN Health Checks using PowerCLI

One neat capability that was introduced with vSAN 6.6 is the ability to “silence” and disable specific vSAN Health Checks. A recent use for this came up on Duncan’s blog where the vMotion health check would fail if you are using a vMotion network stack. As you can imagine, this feature can also come in handy for vSphere […]

How to tell if an ESXi host is a VSAN Witness Virtual Appliance programmatically?

I had received this question awhile back but I was only able to get to it recently. If you are not familiar with the VSAN Witness Virtual Appliance and its purpose, Cormac Hogan did an excellent write-up on the topic which you can find it here. The reason this question came up was that if you were to […]