Draw your VI in Visio with vDiagram

Alan Renouf is a busy man and always seems to be one step ahead of the game. This is certainly true of his latest creation – vDiagram. Many of you may be familiar with the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer (ADTD), a tool available from Microsoft that pulls information from Active Directory and draws it in a Visio diagram. The diagrams that it produces can save a lot of effort in technical documentation and the same sort of thing has been missing for Virtual Infrasructure for some time. Alan’s PowerShell script requires only PowerShell and Microsoft Visio 2003+ to produce a nice Visio diagram of your VI. Head on over to Alan’s site to download it and try it out.

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VI3 Reference Card

Never leave home without it. No, it’s not an Amex card, it’s the VI3 Reference Card written by Forbes Guthrie. A lot of things on this little gem pop up or are useful in the VCP exam and day-to-day it’s come in handy a number of times. I’ll try and keep a link to it in my useful links sidebar but it’s well worth bookmarking it yourself.

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Beginning with Storage vMotion

Storage vMotion was introduced with ESX 3.5 about a year ago but for various reasons I’ve never had the opportunity or need to use it until now. The project that required its use has been knocking around for a few months now. It started as a single ESX server that was to be used to build a small number of VMs for use by my customer as an HR system. Three months or so after putting in that first host I was finally called back to add another and setup VirtualCenter. Installing ESX, VC and doing all of the necessary configuration was straightforward (mostly), I’ve done it a number of times before. Migrating the live VMs from their location on local storage on the first host to a SAN LUN was the new bit, the bit that required Storage vMotion. […]

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