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A Guide to Fumbling Through VMware PowerCLI

VMware’s PowerCLI can come in quite handy in a vSphere environment, especially when you are managing a large number of hosts.  Sure, you can find sample scripts on the Internet to run, but it is also a good idea to at least get a fundamental understanding of how PowerCLI works.  After all, you would not …

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Continuing to Get Set With PowerCLI and Standard vSwitches

In A Guide to Fumbling Through PowerCLI, we focused on how to get information on a vSphere environment through the VMware vSphere PowerCLI command line interface. Now, since we now have an idea on how to move around our environment with PowerCLI to find out information, us focus on configuring our environment with PowerCLI.  We …

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The Amazing Power of vSphere Tags is Right Here

When it comes to managing a VMware vSphere inventory, things can get crazy.  Being able to determine what a virtual machine or other vSphere object actually does can be influence by any number of things from the naming convention in place, to who worked in the environment before you. The VMware tag feature built into …

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Why Nested ESXi Is an Essential Part of Your Home Lab

There’s always a ton of discussion around home labs among IT professionals on Twitter, and many are very, very impressive!  I have to admit, I do tend to have a case of home lab envy at times.  Whatever you home lab consists of, be it a laptop, a desktop, or a mini rack, I’d like …

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A Guide to vSphere Command Line Management Tools

VMware vSphere command line management has always been a big part of managing a vSphere environment. Back in the earlier days of ESX, many used the service console for running scripts, typing commands, or using third party management tools. The introduction of ESXi killed the service console, and attempted to lock down VMware vSphere command …

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Get Set With PowerCLI and Distributed Virtual Switches, Part 1

This article is a continuation of the series I like to call Fumbling Through PowerCLI. My goal is to provide an overview of learning and using PowerCLI by logically working through how to accomplish common administrative tasks. I also like to demonstrate how we can use features within PowerCLI to teach ourselves, and well, fumble …

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