Scripted HPE Firmware and ESXi Software Update

I’m a big fan of PXE, but sometimes I don’t want to re-image. It may be a system that isn’t connected to PXE, or a system that I don’t have a profile for. In dealing with these one-off systems, I wanted to be able to apply update the firmware, update the ESXi OS, and apply… Read More »

Performance Boost: All-Flash VSAN on vSphere 6.0u3

In a previous post I tested a four-node all-flash VSAN running VSAN 6.2 (vSphere 6.0u2) with two diskgroups using HCIBench. The performance was a little subpar to the author of the tool so he helped me with some tweaks that got better performance out of the cluster (post here). Now that vSphere 6.0u3 and 6.5d… Read More »

SPBM/PBM Issues after decommissioning PSC

In a previous post, I discussed potential topologies of vCenters in a SSO domain. In general I think I have gotten burned a lot from having multiple vCenters and PSCs in a single SSO domain, but when things are working it’s pretty nice to have a consolidated view. In my latest issue, I decided to… Read More »

Creating All-Flash Diskgroups on DL380 Gen 9 using PowerCLI

In a previous post, I discussed how the Web Client makes it difficult to create hybrid diskgroups grouped by array controller. I provided a PowerCLI script to automate diskgroup creation for this case. With All-Flash, the same issues around array controller grouping exists. A new issue that I encountered is that the “new-vsandiskgroup” cmdlet that… Read More »

Site Recovery Manger 6.1 addfoldermapping API and matching folders across sites

Update March 22, 2017: Added ” | Where-Object { $_.Type -eq “Folder”}” to primaryfolder.extensiondata.childentity (and the subfolder one) to filter the childentities to just folders. SRM added a feature in which you map folder inventories across vCenters by assuming the folders had the same name and same structure. I already had one method for replicating folder… Read More »

How to connect to SRM 6.1 using powershell and WSDL/SOAP

I hit some issues finding the addfoldermapping function through the api exposed with connect-srmserver cmdlet, so I decided to use WSDL based on this post. The main problems I encountered were that the ports changed and an issue I described in my previous post about logging into remote sites in a shared-sso domain. If you… Read More »

Uninstalling Site Recovery Manager 6.X

I had a situation where one of my SRM installs would not start. Support could not figure out the issue but thought that there may be something corrupted in the database. I had been reconfiguring my SRM installs anyways so I decided to uninstall. First off, uninstall and reinstall per http://pubs.vmware.com/srm-61/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/srm-install-config-6-1.pdf does not seem to… Read More »