Author Archives: nerenther

Powershell: Creating strong passwords

A tweet from @JanEgilRing caught my eye this morning, it was showing how you can use powershell to create passwords. The link in the tweet pointed here: http://powershell.com/cs/blogs/tips/archive/2016/05/23/one-liner-random-password-generator.aspx Seeing that line and realizing how simple it was, it got me thinking on how I … Continue reading

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UCSD: Mapping EMC VNX LUNs to an ESXi cluster

I have been struggling for quite some time with mapping luns from our vnx 5600 to entire clusters in our vCenter. We used to utilize a custom workflow a consultant wrote for us, but that workflow got borked after an … Continue reading

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UCSD: Grabbing a string returned from a Powershell task

My last post described how to get around some issues with using Powershell tasks in workflows. While that post surely enables you to uilize powershell to do stuff for you, what about if you want Powershell to grab stuff for … Continue reading

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UCSD: Passing multiple arguments to start-job while using the Cisco PowerShell Agent

While the Cisco PowerShell Agent (PSA) that can be used in UCS Director isn’t exactly perfect, it can still be put to good use. As long as you now how to use it properly The major issue with using the PSA … Continue reading

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PowerCLI: Function for listing snapshots

My very first PowerCLI related post was about this same topic: listing snapshot info using PowerCLI. In my original post (which you can see here) I only wrote a pretty simple one-liner. Which was kind of okay, but it was … Continue reading

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PowerCLI: Evacuating a datastore

In case you ever need to empty out a datastore in you vmware environment, there is a nice little one-liner in PowerCLI for that: Get-VM -Datastore “datastore1” | Move-VM -Datastore (Get-VMHost -Location ‘cluster1’ | Select-Object -First 1 | Get-Datastore | … Continue reading

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PowerCLI: Listing VMs with ISOs mounted

For almost a year ago, I posted a simple one-liner to list all VMs who has ISOs mounted. You can view that post here: http://cloud.kemta.net/2013/10/powershell-vmware-list-all-vms-with-iso-mounted-and-dismount-them/ That post was written before I truly discovered the major advantages of using Get-View instead of … Continue reading

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PowerCLI: Getting vmhost uptime

I love a powershell challenge, and last week a colleague of mine asked me for assistance in getting the uptime of vmware hosts. My initial response did the trick: Get-View  -ViewType hostsystem -Property name,runtime.boottime | Select-Object Name, @{N="UptimeDays"; E={((((get-date) – … Continue reading

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PowerCLI: Getting the status of vmware tools on all VMs

I’m sure I don’t need to explain to you guys why VMware tools is a good idea to have installed on your VMs, and probably not why it’s a good idea to keep VMware tools updated. However, I haven’t found … Continue reading

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PowerCLI: Getting datastore alarms

Next in the series on getting alarms is getting datastore alarms. Again, the code is pretty similar: $Datastores = Get-View -ViewType Datastore -Property Name,OverallStatus,TriggeredAlarmstate $FaultyDatastores = $Datastores | Where-Object {$_.TriggeredAlarmState -ne "{}"}   $progress = 1 $report = @() if … Continue reading

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