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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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Kali Linux VMware – The Complete 2021 Guide

  Kali Linux is a popular and powerful Linux distribution that comes with many security tools built right in.  If you have ever head of BackTrack, BackTrack became Kali Linux in 2013.  It is a Debian based distribution.  A distribution like Kali is important for security professionals because it comes with so many tools baked …

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A Look At VMware vSphere Remote Branch Office Editions

Virtualization has become prevalent in all areas of our infrastructure, from the datacenter, to our remote offices. Virtualizing the ROBO (a common term used for remote or branch offices) brings additional challenges to organizations, beyond just the initial deployment. One of the most difficult aspects of vSphere ROBO management can be justifying the licensing costs to …

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How to Use Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots

One of the things I have always found amazing with Veeam is the Backup from Storage Snapshots feature.  The quick description of this amazing feature is that it performs your backup from your storage snapshot versus a vSphere snapshot.   While it still takes a VMware snapshot of your virtual machine, the snapshot is open …

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How to Set up NetApp NFS and VMware vSphere Datastores: A Quick Guide

I recently was setting up a lab, and my goal was to get it up and running as quickly as possible to do some testing.  I think we have all been in this boat at one time or another. The setup I was working with was a small nested vSphere environment and the NetApp simulator. …

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How to Patch a VMware ESXi Host Using Update Manager

Keeping your VMware patches up to date is a critical aspect of maintaining your VMware vSphere environment.  Luckily, VMware vSphere Update Manager makes this very simple to do for a number of your VMware vSphere components.  Let’s take a closer look at how to patch ESXi host using Update Manager. Before Patching ESXi First things first, before …

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