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?

How to fix the Single-Sign On issue in the VMware Cloud Director 10.3.3 update

Introduction Last week VMware has release VMware Cloud Director (VCD) 10.3.3. After a small wait from the previous 10.3.2a version but this version was the one I was lingering for! This release would have fixed a lot of the operational issues we have on the environment, which I will post …

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 …

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 …

Resolving the mysterious and unknown issues with the PowerCLI Tag cmdlets!

Introduction to vSphere Tags VMware vSphere Tags is a way to attach metadata to VMware vCenter inventory objects to make it easier to find and recognize these objects. If you, like me, know about this functionality within vSphere, you know how useful this can be. In previous versions of vSphere, …

vSphere 7.0 completely transforms VMware’s portfolio!

Introduction vSphere 7.0 with Kubernetes is going to be released soon! The announcement just went live today during the “Modern Apps Virtual Event”. A couple of weeks ago I followed multiple sessions regarding the new VMware and vSphere product releases and updates and witnessed all its beauty. Today the NDA …