Category: <span>Virtualization</span>

VMware ESXi 6.7 – View the ARP Table

Recently, I needed to select the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for various VMkernel adapters. In selecting IP addresses you must be certain that the IP address is not already in use to avoid an IP address conflict. One way to determine this is to ping the IP address in question. However, what do you do…


Microsoft Hyper-V – View All Virtual Machines in a Failover Cluster

You may use the following Microsoft Windows PowerShell cmdlet to view all of the virtual machines in a Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Failover Cluster. In order for this cmdlet to provide the list of virtual machines it will need to be run from a Hyper-V host in the cluster. Get-ClusterGroup | ? {$_.GroupType -eq ‘VirtualMachine’ }…


VMware PowerCLI – View Snapshots

You may use the following VMware PowerCLI cmdlets to view all of the snapshots managed by vCenter Server or more specifically a cluster. These are sample commands and further information and documentation may be found here. Get-VM | Get-Snapshot | Format-List Get-VM | Get-Snapshot | Format-List VM, Name, SizeGB, Created, Description Get-VM -Location “CLUSTER01” | Get-Snapshot…


VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 – Remediating a VMware ESXi 6.0 Host

The following is a step by step guide for remediating (i.e. patching) a VMware ESXi 6.0 host. On the home page of the VMware vSphere Client select Hosts and Clusters. Select a VMware ESXi 6.0 host from the inventory tree on the left. Select the Update Manager tab on the VMware vSphere Client. Click Remidiate……


VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 – Staging Patches

The following is a step by step guide for staging patches to VMware ESXi 6.0 hosts. This is a useful feature if your VMware ESXi 6.0 hosts are located across lethargic wide area network (WAN) links. On the VMware vSphere Client home page select Hosts and Clusters. From the inventory list select a VMware ESXi 6.0…


VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 – Scanning a VMware ESXi 6.0 Host

The follow is a step by step guide for performing a VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 scan on a VMware ESXi 6.0 host. On the home page of the VMware vSphere Web Client select the Hosts and Clusters view. On the inventory tree select the VMware ESXi 6.0 host you would like to scan. On…


VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 – Attaching a Baseline to a VMware ESXi Host

The following is a step by step guide for attaching a vSphere Update Manager 6.0 baseline to a VMware ESXi 6.0 host. On the VMware vSphere Web Client home page select Hosts and Clusters. On the inventory tree select the VMware ESXi 6.0 host you would like to attach the baseline to. On the content…


VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 – Create a Dynamic Baseline

The following is a step by step guide for creating VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 dynamic baseline. A dynamic baseline is updated dynamically and may be used to verify that your vSphere infrastructure is up to date or out or date, regarding patches. On the vSphere Client home page under Solutions and Applications click Update Manager….


VMware vSphere Update Manager 6.0 – Installing the vSphere Update Manager Client

The following is a step by step guide for installing the vSphere Update Manager Client. On the vSphere Client navigate to Plug-ins > Manage Plug-ins…. On the Plug-in Manager dialog box click the blue Download and Install link to install the VMware vSphere Update Manager Extension. On the Open File – Security Warning dialog box…


VMware vCenter Server 6.0 – Installation and Configuration

The following is a step by step guide for installation VMware vCenter Server 6.0. This application is used for centralized management of your VMware vSphere infrastructure. Additionally, this is a lab environment. Therefore, the Platform Services Controller (PSC) will be installed on the same host as VMware vCenter Server and the installation will utilize an…