Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs

Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs – virtuallyGhetto

Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs

Last week there was a question that was posted internally asking if it was possible to customize the ESXi DCUI screen to include the number of Virtual Machines? Although there is nothing out of the box, you can in fact add add almost anything to the DCUI screen by modifying the /etc/vmware/welcome configuration file which I had blogged about several years back on adding a splash of color to the ESXi DCUI. There was even a recent VMware Fling that provides a VIB that applies a variety of DoD STIG implementations, one of which was to update the DCUI screen with some specific text.


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Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

Building a Home Lab for #PowerCli Testing – Notes of a scripter

Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

After taking the PowerCli HOL from VMware, I been thinking of putting together a home lab. I been reading a lot of information about others bloggers using Mini PCs- such as the Intel NUCs, Mac Minis, and even custom built whitebox servers. Unfortunately, being a father of 3 kids means I have to be on a tight budget, and at the same time I don’t want to skimp and have a under powered home lab. I would also like the equipment to be quiet and fan-less if at all possible.


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Heads up – ESXi not working on the new Intel…

Heads up – #ESXi not working on the new Intel NUC Skull Canyon (via virtuallyGhetto)

Heads up – ESXi not working on the new Intel…

Earlier this week I found out the new Intel NUC “Skull Canyon” (NUC6i7KYK) has been released and have been shipping for a couple of weeks now. Although this platform is mainly targeted at gaming enthusiast, there have also been a lot of anticipation from the VMware community on leveraging the NUC for a vSphere based home lab.


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Register vCenter Server Lookup Service in…

Register vCenter Server Lookup Service in vShield Manager – vcdx56.com

Register vCenter Server Lookup Service in…

A few weeks ago i upgraded a customer environment to latest release of VMware vSphere. Customer ran 5.5 U2 and now they wanted version 6.0 U2 for both vCenter Server and ESXi. The entire process was pretty straight forward and the only little bump we had was the vShield Manager to vCenter Server Lookup Service registration. We decided to use a fresh installation of vShield Manager since new services were about to be implemented in the customer environment and the old services used by the previous vShield Manager was no longer in use.


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Virtual Maestro: VMware memory reclamation…

Virtual Maestro: VMware memory reclamation vSphere 6: Mem.minfreepct and sliding scale method

Virtual Maestro: VMware memory reclamation…

Before I talk about sliding scale method, lets discuss about MEM.MINFREEPCT value. Eventually this discussion will lead us to understanding sliding scale method.


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Compare Citrix, VMware and Microsoft remote…

Compare Citrix, #VMware and Microsoft remote display protocol options (via TechTarget)

Compare Citrix, VMware and Microsoft remote…

Choosing a remote display protocol used to be a big decision, but Microsoft, Citrix and VMware’s protocols all measure up to the demands of today’s desktop and application virtualization technologies.


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Server virtualisation market reaching its peak,…

Server virtualisation market reaching its peak, #VMware still on top

Server virtualisation market reaching its peak,…

The worldwide server virtualisation market has matured rapidly over the last few years, with analyst firm Gartner stating the market is reaching its peak. VMware is still dominating the market, with Microsoft working its way in as a contender for enterprise use.


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Getting Comfortable with vPostgres and the…

Getting Comfortable with vPostgres and the vCenter Server Appliance – Part 2

Getting Comfortable with vPostgres and the…

In Part 1 of this blog series I talked about vPostgres, some of its features, and why it’s the database platform of choice for the vCenter Server Appliance. In this post, Part 2, I’ll dig a bit deeper into the gears of vPostgres. We’ll take a look at some of the key configuration settings and why they are important to the vCenter Server Appliance.


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Fatal Error While Creating Storage For A New…

Fatal Error While Creating Storage For A New VDP Appliance Deployment – virtuallyPeculiar

Fatal Error While Creating Storage For A New…

After you deploy the ova template for VDP we need to configure the VDP appliance from the vdp-configure page. During the storage configuration, I had chosen about 8 TB of storage for the VDP and during the configuration progress, the setup encountered a Fatal Error. The exact message and the screenshot is:


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VMware vSphere SDRS – test plan of initial…

#VMware vSphere SDRS – test plan of initial placement

VMware vSphere SDRS – test plan of initial…

VMware vSphere Storage DRS (aka SDRS) stands for Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler. It continuously balances storage space usage and storage I/O load while avoiding resource bottlenecks to meet application service levels.


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What can we achieve with a simple “uptime”…

What can we achieve with a simple “uptime” output in Log Insight

What can we achieve with a simple “uptime”…

If we want to know whether a child is sick, we measure fever. Sure, it’s not a perfect method, but a stuffy nose and the temperature are sufficient for a quick diagnosis. Usually we will not run blood analysis, computer tomography or microbiological tests. Although some doctors and mums may prefer to.


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Understanding PowerShell Terminology

Understanding #PowerShell Terminology

Understanding PowerShell Terminology

When you are first learning PowerShell, there are often a number of terms and words that everyone assumes you know. Well let’s not make that assumption. Instead, let me at offer at least a quick definition for much of the PowerShell terminology you will encounter. You should know how to use the help system to get additional information on these terms, but sometimes you need a little background to either know where to start looking or to put things in perspective. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather items based on my experience presenting PowerShell at conferences and in private training classes.


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vCenter 6.0 – Active Directory Identity Source

vCenter 6.0 – Active Directory Identity Source

vCenter 6.0 – Active Directory Identity Source

There are two options for Active Directory Identity Sources with PSC (SSO) 6.0: Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication) Active Directory as an LDAP server Note: there are underlying issues using ‘AD Integrated Windows Authentication’ when VMware SRM is part of a solution. The chosen SSO identify source in this example is ‘Active Directory as an LDAP Server’.


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Understanding The Layers Of Hyper-Converged…

Understanding The Layers Of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Understanding The Layers Of Hyper-Converged…

We’re almost half way through the year, and it is shaping up to be a “tipping-point” year for hyper-convergence and HCI. Combine faster CPUs, lower cost flash (with exciting technologies on the horizon) and software innovation with the majority of data centers standardizing on server virtualization, now is the time to extend existing infrastructure investments with newer, modern software-defined solutions.


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The End of “Good Enough” User Experiences for…

The End of “Good Enough” User Experiences for the Masses: NVIDIA Tesla M10 + VMware Horizon 7

The End of “Good Enough” User Experiences for…

It used to be that graphics performance was purely the domain of CAD professionals, enthusiasts, creative agencies and the like. For the longest time, a virtual barrier existed between the haves and have-nots. The haves depend on an immersive, high-powered experience to get work done, while the have-nots spend their day peering into mundane apps, like presentations and spreadsheets.


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Configuring VMware Identity Manager with SQL…

Configuring #VMware Identity Manager with SQL Always On

Configuring VMware Identity Manager with SQL…

For the last few weeks I have been testing VMware Identity Manager with SQL Always On database for multi-site deployments. This has been an interesting learning curve as its been some time since I last did anything substantial with Microsoft SQL. Before I start with the VMware Identity Manager I think it is worth calling out these 2 resources that I found really useful for setting up SQL Always On in my Lab.


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