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Easy recovery from a full VMware ESX datastore

With VMware vSphere, ESX, and VMFS, running out of space on a datastore does not cause damage to virtual machines. It is easy to recover without even a guest OS reboot.

PowerShell Prevents Datastore Emergencies

When a datastore in your VMware vSphere environment is about to fill up, you can have vCenter automatically spring into action to prevent downtime by using Storage VMotion.

IGT Part 6: Cluster invari-what ID?

SCVMM adds a custom attribute to VirtualCenter (vCenter).

Better console for PowerShell and VITK

By using Console2 with PowerShell and the VI Toolkit, users have much better text manipulation capabilities as well as the option to use different fonts.

VI Toolkit (for Windows) 1.5 and the PowerShell prompt

The VI Toolkit for Windows overrides an existing PowerShell prompt function. Here is one simple way to restore a desired setting.

SCVMM 2008 Management Pack Finally Released

The System Center Operations Manager Management Pack (MP) for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 was finally released yesterday.  As I wrote previously, the documentation was initially misleading on this feature — eventually we learned that the MP would ship 60 days after SCVMM 2008 released. Let’s use PowerShell to find out if Microsoft made […]

VI Toolkit (for Windows) 1.5 released

There is a new version of the VI Toolkit (for Windows) up for the taking now, with quite a few new cmdlets and fixes.  Visit the official blog for links to download and read the release notes.  I installed the upgrade on top of my existing 1.0 without any issues.  (Wow, the download now weighs […]

Which guest operating systems can be customized by SCVMM?

Although SLES 10 is supposedly supported by SCVMM 2008, administrators must look elsewhere for a Linux guest customization solution.

Finding thin-provisioned virtual disks with PowerShell

Even though the VI Client does not offer creation of VMs with thin-provisioned disks, they may exist. Use a PowerShell script to identify them.

Clean up vCenter with PowerShell after SCVMM leaves

When System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) connects to VirtualCenter/vCenter, several changes are made. Learn how to recover everything with PowerShell.