Find zombie VMDKs & VMs with RVTools for FREE!

Someone recently asked me if there was something available to locate zombie VMDKs and I recalled a few years back when I was looking for exactly the same thing. A quick search through my old laptop's download folder brought up RVTools. Back then it was particularly useful for locating zombie VMDKs and...

Where are my memory modules located inside an ESXi host?

I found this very simple one liner for showing which DIMM slots are populated and which ones are free inside an ESXi host. I have not yet found a way to do this via ESXCLI but this will do for now: smbiosDump | grep 'Size|Speed|Location' Running the above will produce...

VMware vSphere 6.5 – New features overview

VMware are soon releasing vSphere 6.5 to GA. The day it is released I'll be posting a series of posts to deep-dive into the main topics with videos to demonstrate new functionality. Links to videos Without any further discussion, here's the new top features in vSphere 6.5: HTML5 clients VMware acknowledged...

How to see where VM data / objects are located on VSAN

Once you've deployed VSAN and built a couple of VMs, you might create a few Virtual Machine Storage Policies but then wonder where exactly are those VM objects located? Let's say you create a VM and use a Storage Policy with Failures To Tolerate (FTT) set to 1. You may wonder on which...

How to Upgrade Site Recovery Manager – The correct order

When upgrading SRM, it must be done in a very specific order, following the below (from the official documentation for VMware SRM 5.8) In summary you upgrade everything except your hosts on the Protected site, then the same at the DR Site. Finally Upgrade the ESXi hosts at the DR...

VCAP6-DCV Design Exam Preparation

For those pursuing the VCAP6-DCV Design exam  / 3V0-622 I'm creating a series of blog posts to help with your learning. The notes are all based on the official GA blueprint, my personal experience with the live exam, books and blog posts by other community members all of which I have acknowledged below. If...
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