VMFS Datastore UNMAP using vCenter Orchestrator 2

VMFS Datastore UNMAP using vCenter Orchestrator
If you are using thin provisioned block volumes for your VMware vSphere VMFS datastores you will certainly benefit from this new vCenter Orchestrator workflow I created. VMware introduced VAAI UNMAP capability in vSphere 5.0, and since vSphere 5.0 update 1 UNMAP has been on-demand operation which requires use of CLI on VMware ESXi host. With ...

Schedule VM version upgrades with vCenter Orchestrator 1

Schedule VM version upgrades with vCenter Orchestrator
Upgrading large number of virtual machines to higher virtual machine version can be painstakingly laborious task if done manually using GUI tools, as a result virtual machine versions are usually left untouched, until it is absolutely necessary to upgrade to new version to unlock new vSphere features. However, if your server gear is recent enough ...

Manage ESXi host power saving state using vCenter Orchestrator

Manage ESXi host power saving state using vCenter Orchestrator
VMware ESXi software is capable of utilizing CPU power saving techniques by controlling CPU clock speed and core run state dynamically by demand. In some cases dynamic CPU power saving can have impact on system performance, depending on system total load and application used, performance can be reduced up to 20% compared to system with ...

Manage vSwitch VM portgroups with vCenter Orchestrator

Manage vSwitch VM portgroups with vCenter Orchestrator
Here is something handy for those managing large vSphere clusters without luxury of having distributed virtual switch available. I have developed a vCenter Orchestrator workflow for managing ESXi host standard vSwitch VM portgoups on a cluster level, with this workflow you can add and remove VM portgroups across large clusters with a single task. There ...

Hot-fix released for vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.1 workflow scheduling bug 1

If you have used workflow scheduling in VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.1 and you have a workflow which is scheduled to run repeatedly you may have noticed that after a while this scheduled workflow stops executing. This is a known bug in vCO 5.5.1 and VMware has recently released a hot-fix for this in KB article 2083003. Update ...

Removing vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator 2

Removing vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator
In my previous article I wrote about provisioning vNetwork Distributed Switch backed VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) and vCloud Network and Security (vCNS) REST API. In this article I will show you how to remove them using vCO. I will not go into details of creating REST workflow elements in this article, see ...

Provisioning vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator 3

Provisioning vDS VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator
Recently while I was working on vSphere infrastructure automation processes I came up with a need to provision vNetwork Distributed Switch VXLAN virtual wires using vCenter Orchestrator 5.1 (vCO). I learned that there is no VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) plug-in for vCO 5.1 so I had to come up with a way to ...

Automate VMware Tools upgrade using vCenter Orchestrator 6

Automate VMware Tools upgrade using vCenter Orchestrator
Keeping VMware Tools up to date can be somewhat challenging as up until vSphere 5.1 installing updated version of VMware Tools requires a guest OS reboot which in many cases is not possible during normal operation hours. There is a simple solution though, in Virtual Machine settings on options tab and in VMware Tools settings ...
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