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  • Chris 2:40 pm on July 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , vmware, vSphere 5   

    Quick note here is a link to a… 

    Quick note .. here is a link to a really nice list of vSphere 5 links . This will really come in handy .

    Click here !

    Enjoy …




  • Chris 10:01 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , vmware   

    vSphere 5 is here ! 

    There has been plenty of blogs already written about vSphere 5 so I will just try to link to what I think is cool or most important. I will be trying to  get my VCP 5 certification . Hopefully this time I can get the certification and have time to spare before the next version of vSphere X comes out .

    If you are like me then your a contractor . Your company basically doesn’t send you to training . Let me be clear (Don’t I sound like the President ?)this is totally acceptable to me . I never asked anyone for anything in my life and that holds true for training . If you want it bad enough you will get it . I find if you pay for something yourself then chances are your going to do better because you know what you invested in it. It was not given to you.

    If your like me you already hold a vcp 4 certification . If you don’t then the decision to get your VCP 4  is a personal one . Check out this blog post which might help you . Take a realistic view .Some or maybe most shops still run 3.5 and have yet to upgrade to 4.X . What are you running at your company  ? If you are very close to getting your 4.X certification then go for it and DO NOT look back. Once you have your VCP 4 you will jump right into getting your VCP 5.

    Now if your like me then where do you start ? You basically start a square one . Read as much as you can .Read on a train,Bus,Lunch break but don’t read while driving (Do you want to live LOL) A good thing to do is to print out the Blueprint for the exam . (In this case though its for the beta exam ) To download the blueprint go to VMware site under education services … You should already have your login for this site . Then download the blueprint just like you did for the VCP 4.

    Another thing to do is gather your list of bloggers .. these are people who do this stuff 24 /7 . They are your inspiration sort a speak . Chances are they are going to be covering a lot of material . If they work at VMware then chances are the stuff that they are blogging about is prime material (not that the other bloggers don’t have prime material .. That is not what I’m saying !)

    Here is a list of whats new in vSphere 5 (Again another link ).

    If your like me your busy with your life and your work . In order to achieve this goal your setting for yourself there is going to be some sacrifices to be made . An hour a day of studying is reasonable. Prepare for that mentally . It is harder then your think and NO TIME OFF on weekends . On weekends or your days off you should be building your lab,testing and learning . That is the goal .

    But your saying “Chris really come on that is the only time I get to relax “.. My answer is …”Do you really want this ?”

    Now if your like me your a VCP 4 and in order to become VCP 5 you can take the exam without taking the What’s New Course (This is until February 29th 2012).  Then it becomes compulsory in order to update your certification. This is something to think about really . I might just go ahead and take the what’s new course will see .

    Here is my list of links to some things I have seen so far :

    http://vmwaretraining.blogspot.com/2011/07/blog-posts-related-to-vsphere-5-release.html (a bunch of links here )

    http://www.yellow-bricks.com/ (If you are serious about VMware then follow this blog . )


    Scott Lowe (I bought his Mastering vSphere 4 book and it was awesome I will be buying his new book too)

    Hopefully I got you thinking about VCP 5 and maybe got you interested in it as well . Remember if your like me your company is not sending you to training . The What’s new Class is feasible possibly and we have to rely on blogs ,books and trial software . Luckily there is a ton of data on the internet . Choose wisely and be dedicated .. Now would be the time to start putting a plan in place to study .

    Till next time …


  • Chris 11:18 pm on January 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: postaweek2011, , , vmware   

    Get the Local Time for your VMHost 

    Hi Folks ,

    Quick one liner to get the local time of your vmhost . Its good to check to make sure that your host is not out of sync because your VM’s depend on it.

    get-vmhost -Name (FQDN of Host ) | % {Get-View $_.ExtensionData.ConfigManager.DateTimeSystem} | %{$_.QueryDateTime().ToLocalTime()}

    Happy New Year 🙂


    • Glenn 11:38 pm on March 20, 2011 Permalink

      Hey Chris,

      I was so happy to find this “one liner”. It is (almost) exactly what I was trying to do. I am trying to run this across all hosts on a VC by removing the -Name.

      I am trying to work out how to include the host name (before or after) on the same line as the date /time. Any ideas? I am only new to powercli and having trouble working it out.



  • Chris 9:38 pm on October 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Snapshots, vHow, vmware   

    vHow : VMware List all snapshots in your virtual infrastructure. 

    Hi All ,

    Finding out what snapshots you have can be a very important house keeping step to keep your virtual infrastructure running smoothly .

    Here is how :

    1) Install PowerCLI from here : http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/automationtools/powercli

    2) Launch powercli

    3) connect to your vcenter server

    connect-VIServer -Server ServerName

    4) List snapshots

    get-vm | get-snapshots

    Have Fun!

    • marcelo 7:14 pm on January 29, 2013 Permalink

      Thanks Chris for the tip!

    • Chris Neale 7:33 am on March 11, 2013 Permalink

      Hi chris, just a point
      it’s “snapshot” not “snapshots”

  • Chris 10:21 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Rename VM, VM, vmware   

    VMWARE Quick Tip : Renaming a Virtual Machine. 

    Today I found a cool tip on renaming a virtual machine . After renaming a virtual machine in Virtual Center you need to also rename your files that make up your VM (for example your .vmdk file). A quick way to do this is to migrate your virtual machine to a new datastore. I’m guessing if you storage vmotion your vm it would do the same thing but not 100 percent sure . When the VM moves to a different data store it will recreate the files with the correct name. Cool right ?

    Hope this helps …. Not a powershell tip but I will research that later.


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