Creating local ESXi user in a locked down situation and add it to exception list

So my customer asked for a solution to add local users on ESXi hosts that are in lockdown mode. A side quest was to add these to the lockdown exception list. The use case for this is app volumes, they want to be able to keep using them in case the vCenter server goes down. … Read more Creating local ESXi user in a locked down situation and add it to exception list

New and updated VMware flings for September 2017

Intro No WWE quotes,clips or sounds this month. So here I am reporting from couch central that there have been three updated flings in September. One steady name in this monthly post has been the vSphere HTML5 Web client but don’t underestimate the VMware OS Optimization Tool that is been in here a couple of … Read more New and updated VMware flings for September 2017

New and updated VMware flings for August 2017

Intro (For those of you who ever watch or used to watch WWE think: New Age Outlaws. For those who never did watch this from about 1:40. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, nerds of all ages. Retouw.nl proudly brings to you, the monthly ¬†VMware Labs updated Fliiiiings. The new, the updated change logs and … Read more New and updated VMware flings for August 2017

Altaro VM backup 7: the restores (part 2)

So a couple of weeks ago I managed to get my homelab backups running with Altaro.  Backups off course are nice but are worthless if you can’t recover them. This is  why this 2nd and last part of mini serie is about restoring the backups. Altaro has several options available: Restore clone, to a different host, … Read more Altaro VM backup 7: the restores (part 2)

Back to basics: Daily checks

Something I still hear a lot that system engineers take their vSphere environment for granted and hardly check anything on a daily basis. I always point them at Alan Renouf‘s brilliant health check script¬†while there are other ways to get your daily dose of health this one still rocks for me. You can remove unwanted … Read more Back to basics: Daily checks