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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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 [...]

Speed Cameras

Why oh why do people slow down for speed cameras? On a dual carriageway with a central reservation the speed limit is 70mph. A speed camera on this road will only take your [...]

Remote Shutdown with PowerShell

Here's the scenario: You've just hit shut down in your remote desktop session. You're logged off Windows Server 2003 and your RDP session is closed. You wait a while and try [...]

Windows 2003 Cluster failover email

I've lost track of the number of clusters that I have implemented or supported over the last few years. With each edition of Windows server that comes out clustering has [...]

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 [...]