Category: Automation

All about automation including programming, scripting, BigFix, Chef, and vRealize Automation.

RVTools Automation

Super Simple RVTools Automation Script

Here is a very simple RVTools Automation script written in PowerShell.  For anyone not familiar with RVTools, it’s a fantastic tool for managing your vSphere environment and available for free by Rob de Vey at RobWare. RVTools is a tool that displays a ton of data about your vSphere environment...

Saltstack Introduction

SaltStack Architecture and Getting Started with Salt

This article will focus on SaltStack Architecture and how you can use it in your environment.  I will cover the SaltStack overall design, steps to install it, and just some of the way you can use it in your environment. The SaltStack Architecture is easy to learn and install, especially...

ESXCLI Troubleshooting COmmands

VMware ESXCLI Troubleshooting Commands

We’ve all been there.  Server is disconnected from the vCenter and you have no idea what happened.  This post will show you the basic ESXCLI troubleshooting commands in order for you to get a handle of the situation and get things back up and working in no time. This post...


ESXi Scratch Partition – How to Change it?

As you already know, the default location for your VMware logs are on the ESXi scratch partition.  This is temporary space that gets erased after every ESXi reboot and is a poor location to store your log files.  This article will show you why and how you should change it...

Automate Host Performance Reports

PowerCLI Script to Automate Host Performance Reports

Here is a very simple Powercli script for host performance reports.  You can take this script and schedule it on your Windows vCenter to automate host performance reports in your environment.  The script can be run on demand or scheduled and can be customized for any date range.  Small and...

Powershell ISE Template 1

Generic PowerShell Template #1

I am an organizational nut.  I believe a well-organized and properly documented Generic PowerShell Template will work better.  To that end, when I create scripts, I make sure I follow the same organizational structure every time. Each section is cleanly identified in the script and can be easily followed and...

PowerCLI Clone VM

VMware PowerCLI Script to Clone a VM

This is my VMware PowerCLI Clone VM script.   More and more people are building their critical infrastructure servers as virtual machines (VM) these days.  This makes perfect sense and there are many advantages to this approach.  The key is to make sure you are protected and can recover your support...

PowerCLI Console Window

What is PowerCLI and Why You Need to Use It!

Are you wondering what is PowerCLI?  PowerCLI is a VMware command-line utility to manage VMware environments including ESXi servers and VM’s.  It is an incredibility powerful tool.  PowerCLI provides anyone with a simple means to automate the management of your virtual infrastructure.  PowerCLI allows you to manage your host, guests,...