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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ESX / ESXi 3.5 Update 4 Released

Yesterday, VMware announced the availability of ESX / ESXi 3.5 Update 4 (build number 153875). As usual you can view the release notes for all of the juicy details but in [...]

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 [...]

Windows Server Versions (Requirements)

I often forget half of this stuff so I thought it might be cunning to put some of it into a post. Sorry if it goes on a bit, some of the numbers change depending on your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]