Check ESXi installation date using Powershell

Have you ever found yourself wondering when a certain ESXi server was installed? In this case VMware GSS has your back. Check out KB 2144905 to find a simple esxcli command that dissects the hosts UUID to give you the installation date of that specific host. But what if you want to audit an entire cluster? This is where Powershell can help you out.

Test API calls with Beeceptor

Lately I’ve been interacting a lot with REST APIs. I found that testing an API from within an application can sometimes cause some issues. For instance, when setting up a webhook notification instance using vROPS you only have a simple test button. But what if the application you want to access requires authentication and all you want to test is if you are able to access a URL via a HTTP proxy server?

Nested ESXi 7 interoperability with ESXi 6.7

The nested ESXi appliances that William Lam provides to the community are great resources for testing. But what about interoperability? Can you run a nested ESXi 7 VM on a ESXi 6.7 server? Unfortunately the answer is; it depends. We can’t all be early adopters right? I currently work in …

How to recover from deleted VM files

Recently I found my self having to recover a VM that had most of it’s files deleted. They were removed by a script that was intended to clean up a staging datastore. Unfortunately the VM in question was left on that staging datastore and the script did it’s magic. The …

Preparing for the VCAP-DCV Deploy 2021 Exam

If you feel you want to take your VMware knowledge to the next level you may consider the VCAP-DCV Deploy certification. Achieving this advanced level VMware certification demonstrates you have hands-on experience deploying, optimizing and troubleshooting a VMware virtual infrastructure. It is not uncommon when you achieve this level of …

Using Runecast to fix missing NIC in ESXi

The problem In my homelab I’m using a server which contains both Gigabit and 10GbE NICs. When I first deployed ESXi version 7.0U1 the list of devices looked like this.

In this system the Mellanox isn’t connected to a switch (yet). So I didn’t notice this straight away. But …