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Back online!

whew. Blog is now back-online after almost a week of being down. I had to migrate the site to a new hosting as the last one is not just cutting it.   Cheers!
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Adding Storage wizard takes awhile to populate ? Don’t Fret!

Ok. We recently experience this when adding new storage on ESXi host takes awhile when you have multiple “new” LUNs presented on the host. The setup is common for environments with LUN replication and you would be attaching the LUNs manually on the DR site. Apparently, this is normal as ESXi is making sure that the “new” LUNs is not owned by anyone. In the wizard, it takes 30 seconds per Datas
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Homelab v 3.0 – UPDATE with Network Diagram

It’s been awhile since I posted my revamp home lab. Since then, there have been alot of changes on the setup. First off, I decided to build another Supermicro machine to act as a “DR” site for my main rig. This is where I simulate replication from my main rig. The specs of the DR rig: Supermicro X9SRi-F 1 x Xeon E5-2650L (ES) 128GB RAM 1 x 512GB Samsung 850 PRO   Next, I got a shared storage: S
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Taking vRealize Network Insight for a spin (installation and initial setup)

VMware’ re-branded Arkin software is now available from MyVmware website (actually, it”s been there since last March 2016). It is now named: vRealize Network Insight which helps provide visibility into your Software Defined Datacenter. Since my homelab is getting huge (long overdue post on the current setup incoming!), this is a great opportunity to see how it feels. The solution consists of two OVA: PLAT
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Quick Post: One-Liner PowerCLI to get vSphere Replication Statistics

Recently had a request to provide statistics/ script-out the data that is exposed by vSphere Replication report tab. Based from a post from Virtu-al, you can get the transferred bytes from one of the Arguments value in the Completed Event. Here’s a quick one liner to expose all the events.   Get-VIEvent -MaxSamples ([int]::MaxValue) | Where { $_.EventTypeId -match “hbr|rpo” } | Select CreatedTi
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Using vRealize Orchestrator to execute REST operation (MAKER IFTTT)

In this post, I’ll try to (quickly) document how to execute a REST operation using vRO (vRealize Orchestrator). For this example, I’ll be using IFTTT Maker event. Things you need: IFTTT Account (https://ifttt.com) Configured Maker Channel Configured vRealize Orchestrator   First, Add a REST Host Operation using vRO   After you’ve added the host, next step is to Add a REST operation NOTE: &
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VMware vSphere Client : “Windows session credentials cannot be used to log into this server”

In my homelab, since I upgraded to vSphere6, I can’t seem to make the “use windows credentials” button to work for both VMware vSphere Client and Web Client. For VMware vSphere Client, i keep getting the following error: Windows session credentials cannot be used to log into this server   I checked internally in VMware and found the following solution that worked: Make sure components are joine
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Limit number of VM request in vRA 6.2

Recently had a requirement to limit the number of VM requests per submission in vRA 6.2 By default, there are currently no controls in  place to limit this value. Checked around in VMware and found a solution: NOTE: Unsupported solution Go to Windows IaaS server Go to the following path: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\vCAC\Server\Website\Leases Edit ConfirmNewRequest.aspx Look for trMachineCount element and edit the n
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Experience in calling Poweshell Scripts from vRealize Orchestrator

Over the weekend, I’ve been trying to call Powershell scripts using vRealize Orchestrator. Quick google yielded the following: http://blogs.vmware.com/orchestrator/2011/12/vco-powershell-plug-in.html I’ve followed the blog and was able to successfully call the script WITH one exception:  every time i started calling resource outside of the WINRM host from the ps script – it kept on failing. One exam
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