vRetreat Virtual #6 with Cohesity and Progress

Last month I was fortunate to be invited to the first virtual #vRetreat of the year. This time we had both Cohesity and Progress presenting their technologies to us which was followed up by a fun round of VR games! Progress Software (LoadMaster + Flowmon) The event started with Mark...

Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons for 2022

I have been writing documentation for some time but it has always bothered me that there has been no official Visio Stencils, Draw.io or other Icons for the documentation of VMware solutions. There are some unofficial icon set sources out there and there are a few official product diagrams available but...

Getting started with the vROps REST API & PowerShell

A few years back I started using the vRealize Operations REST API. At the time I had a number of clients using the solution. I needed a way to automate adding new tenants to the solution and ensuring consistent configurations. Recently I've been working again with the API in my...

Monitoring IIS Websites with vRealize Operations

VMware's vRealize Operations solution is a full cloud / on-prem management solution for your VMware infrastructure. One of the best features in vROps is the ability to extend way beyond traditional VMware solution management. In previous versions, a subscription to the True Visibility Suite was necessary to manage 3rd party...

Tanzu A-Z at VMworld 2021

If your organisation is using VMware solutions, you'll have likely heard about VMware Tanzu, Kubernetes and Containers. However, if you're like me, you probably haven't had time to really understand these technologies and how they might be able to help your organisation. Fortunately, VMworld 2021 is completely free and virtual...

Annual vExpert 2021 Sticker Giveaway

Every year I give away free stickers to vExperts. We all benefit from being in the vExpert community, so this is my way of thanking everyone for their contributions. This year I am proud to announce that Runecast has offered to sponsor the stickers, this means that we can reach...

VM Backup Dashboard for vRealize Operations Manager

Do you ever wonder if your backup software is backing up all your virtual machines? Perhaps you missed a folder or a production VM has been placed in a folder excluded from backups. I've created a dashboard that shows you which of your virtual machines are getting backed up by...

How to install NSX-T Manager 3.x

Unlike traditional networking solutions, NSX-T runs on top of a hypervisor. In NSX-T's case, this can be a vSphere hypervisor (ESXi) or KVM. The main advantages of this approach are that you re-utilise existing hardware, reducing CAPEX costs (Hardware, Cabling, Rackspace etc) while also OPEX costs including warranty, support and...
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