When to use Move-VM cmdlet vs xMove.ps1 script for performing Cross vCenter vMotions?

Since publishing my Automating Cross vCenter vMotion between the same and different SSO Domain article back in early 2016, I have had a large number of customers reach out to me and share their success stories of allowing them to perform datacenter migrations to consolidating vCenter Servers all due to this awesome capability that was introduced in […]

Automating VM keystrokes using the vSphere API & PowerCLI

I am constantly amazed at the number of new use cases that can now be enabled with some of the new and updated capabilities of our vSphere Platform. I recently discovered a new vSphere API that was introduced in vSphere 6.5 called PutUsbScanCodes() which may sound a little strange but it enables some really slick Automation capabilities. This […]

PowerCLI script to help correlate vCenter, ESXi & vSAN build/versions w/o manual VMware KB lookup

I can still remember when I was a VI Admin and how annoying it was to try to correlate the build numbers for my ESX(i) hosts and vCenter Servers that I have deployed with the versions listed on VMware’s website. This especially gets challenging when there are multiple patch releases (a, b, c or 01, […]

Quick Tip - Locating SRM Placeholder VMs using the vSphere API

I had received a question the other day from a reader where they were trying to distinguish between the running VM and its placeholder VM due to their use of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Since the VM name is exactly the same in both vCenter Servers, it was not clear how to identify between the […]

Uniquely identifying VMs in vSphere Part 3: Enhanced Linked Mode & Cross VC-vMotion

Back in 2012, I had published two articles which provides details and guidance on how to uniquely identify a Virtual Machine for both a vSphere and/or vCloud Director environment. The primary use case for this information was for customers or partners who have developed their own provisioning solution which requires them to track their VM assets throughout their lifecycle, […]