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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HA Agent on ESX-HOST in cluster CLUSTER-NAME has an error

If I wanted to, this could be a very big post all about configuring HA correctly. But I don't want to reinvent the wheel. Instead I just want to share my experiences with this [...]

vCenter 2.5 Update 4 released

Update 4 of vCenter 2.5 (the management tool for VMware's Virtual Infrastructure) has been released. Not a huge number of new features and probably a few bug fixes is about [...]

Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted

I was trying to power up a new VM on an ESX 3.5 host just now and I got the following error: "A general system error ocurred: The system returned an error. Communication with [...]

VI Toolkit 1.5 Released

Just as I was getting to grips with PowerShell and the VI Toolkit 1.0, out pops a new version. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining - I'm downloading! See the release [...]

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 [...]