Automating vSphere VM disk zeroing with vRA7 and vRO

A long time ago, on a project far back in time, the team that I was part of was given a requirement to zero the disks of VMs before they were deleted by vRA / vRO (or vCAC and vCO as they were called back then). One of my colleagues on the project, Jonathan Medd, devised an approach for doing this using an "experimental" PowerCLI feature and wrote it up [...]

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Howto: Configuring a homelab offline Root CA

Self-signed SSL certificates are all well and good but they're not meant to be for the real world. The trust issues they cause can be a headache on customer projects and [...]

Removing the whitespace from text files in Sublime

I like Sublime Text, it's my favourite text editor. Handily available for OSX and Windows. What's annoying though is when you get given or open a text file that has loads [...]

ESXTOP Overview Poster for vSphere 6

Whilst I was googling for ESXTOP the other day (I had a lab issue), I saw an interesting link that I thought I'd share. Andreas Lesslhumer, a fellow vExpert from Austria, [...]

Some other TimeMachine exclusions

In my other post on the topic I excluded my local Mail app files from my TimeMachine backups because they were tripping over McAfee AntiVirus. I thought that it might be [...]

Infected email breaking OSX TimeMachine backups

Having been away from home a lot recently, it had been a while since my laptop had been backed up by TimeMachine. After a few attempts though it got a bit annoying as McAfee [...]