Adding Virtual PortGroups to all ESX Hosts in a Cluster

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Connect-VIServer -Server <vCenter Server>
$AllHosts = Get-Cluster <Cluster Name>
foreach ($ESXHost in ($AllHosts | Get-VMHost))
 Get-VMHost $ESXHost | Get-VirtualSwitch -Name <vSwitch Number> | New-VirtualPortGroup -Name
<Virtual PortGroup Name> -VLanId <VLan ID>
Disconnect-VIServer -Confirm:$false

Adding a Virtual PortGroup to all Hosts

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Connect-VIServer -Server <vCenter Server>
Get-VMHost | Get-VirtualSwitch -Name <vSwitch Number> | New-VirtualPortGroup -Name <Virtual PortGroup
 Name> -VLanId <VLan ID>
Disconnect-VIServer -Confirm:$false

Real-time view of ESX Logs in the Service Console

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A collegue of mine just gave a me a few tips on how to view the logfiles on an ESX Host in Real-time. Normally I would export all of the logs via the VIC or the vm-support command. But this limits me to only seeing what has happened, not what is currently happening.

Using the VMware Infrastructure Client, you can view some of the logs in real-time, but there is only a small amount of logs to choose from.

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TechHead Needs YOU!!

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web-image-1465f083417c240d27230058568546e7-1 A fellow VMware enthusiast and personal friend Simon Seagrave, has announced that his website has been shortlised for a Computer Weekly Blog Award. The actual award title is: Individual IT Professional Male

If you haven’t seen the TechHead website, you really should get yourself over there an have a browse. There are some great resources there, including some ‘Hot Deals‘ on IT kit which are always handy!

If you agree with me, and you think its an awesome site please, please, please spend a few minutes of your time to vote for Simon.

Here are the steps you need to follow to vote:

Testing Network throughput between VMware ESX Hosts

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web-image-f23fe804058174dd4b4eabfde4bedd8bHave you ever wanted to check your Network throughput between your ESX Hosts? or even between VM’s? Well I needed to do this, and I couldn’t find any straight forward how-to’s.

Having been pointed in the direction of a simple application called IPerf by Simon Gallagher I opted to use the Windows version. I’m not great with Linux, and as this is an open source application, documentation is a little hard to come by. So for me, this post is also to remind me how on IPerf works should i need to use it again.

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Simon Long = VTSP 4

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This morning i received this in my Email


London VMware Usergroup 24th Nov 2009

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You may or may not know that the next London VMware Usergroup meeting is being held next Tuesday 24th November. I again will be in attendance but this time i assure you i won’t be wearing my bright pink t-shirt, so need to bring your sunglasses.

Here is the info about the Usegroup meeting for anyone who doesn’t know about it.

Our meeting will be held at the Thames Suite, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP, +44 (0)20 7248 4444. The nearest tube station is Mansion House, location information is available here. Reception is from 1230 for a prompt 1pm start, to finish around 5pm. Our agenda is not final at the moment, but looks something like this:

1100 – 1200 (Optional) Powershell workshop – Jonathan Medd (get-tovenue | early) to cover PS one-liner solutions and new VI toolkit functionality
12:30 – 13:00 Arrive & Refreshments
13:00 – 13:15 Welcome & News – Alaric Davies
13:20 – 14:05 Sponsor Presentation – Symantec
14:10 – 14:55 ESX Home Lab/White box setup – Simon Gallagher & Simon Seagrave
15:00 – 15:20 Refreshment Break
15:25 – 16:00 Session 3 – vSphere topics, Guy Chapman, Mike Laverick, audience
16:05 – 16:45 Session 4 – vSphere topics, Alaric Davies, Mike Laverick, audience
16:45 – 17:00 Close
17:00 – Pub

I look forward to catching up with you all there.

Allocated Unlimited Memory…Or Have You?

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After doing a range of Memory testing and analysis on a group of Vmware Virtual Machines, the subject of the “Unlimited” Memory/CPU tick box was brought up.

When Resource Allocation’s are setup on a VM there is the option of selecting an Unlimited Limit. It seems as though some people misunderstand exactly what that tick box means.

So i will do my best to try and explain exactly “Unlimited” means.

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Confused by VMware vCenter 4 Performance Counters?

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Have you ever gazed longingly into the eyes of vCenter 4 Performance Charts and thought to yourself “What the hell does that Counter mean??”.

Since the version 4 upgrade, vCenter now has an even larger amount of Performance Counters for you to use at your disposal. But what do they all mean?

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Using VMware View Portal in Windows 7

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vmwareviewWhilst trying to connect to a VMware View portal on my Windows 7, 64Bit laptop i came across this error.

“VMware View Portal does not support your Operating System”

Well, i wasn’t going to change my OS, so i decided to have a look around to see if anyone else has had this problem. I came across this post on the VMTN Community Forum.

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