Setting up Sysprep for vCenter 2.5

Several of my recent clients (my current one included) have both avoided, failed or just not used Virtual Machine (VM) templates. Depending on who you ask the answer to the question “Why Not?” seems to vary between:

  • “I didn’t know that you could do that”
  • “We couldn’t make it work”
  • “It was too complicated to setup”
  • “We haven’t had the time yet”
  • “All of our new VMs are different”

After some convincing I have persuaded my current client to let me configure sysprep and a couple of templates for them. I’ve done this a few times before but never really documented it. Admitedly a lot of this is already documented in the Basic Admin Guide for vCenter but this post saves downloading a PDF file.

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Which VMs are in which Port Groups

This took me a little while to get sorted as I had a gap in my PowerShell knowledge around the handling and formating of nested objects. A bit of exploration with get-member and I came up witha working script. It’s based on a post by Hugo Peeters and lists the VMs that are connected to (or belong to) a particular Port Group.

I wanted to know this as I was producing some infrastructure diagrams for a customer and wanted to know the names of VMs in a cluster for each Port Group without having to visit each ESX server. (more…)

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Keeping Up With VMworld 2009

If, like me, you couldn’t get to Cannes this year then all is not lost. You can keep up with what’s happenning almost as it happens and still keep working. Many of the attendees are tweeting the major annoucements and updates of what they are doing. Follow them on Twitter and they’ll keep you up to date. Alan Renouf (Virtu-Al) maintains a list of VMware twits on his blog and even has a PowerShell script that will enable you to follow them all on Twitter.

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