Data Center Virtualization

How to Create a vSwitch in VMware – Ansible

In my last blog post, I demonstrated how to create an Ansible Playbook that automated several VMware ESXi configuration tasks commonly used. Another time-consuming task can be the creation of vSwitches and VM PortGroups on an ESXi host, hence the power of using Ansible for a consistent and repeatable process. What is a vSwitch? A […]

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How to Configure VMware ESXi with Ansible

One way to ensure that your VMware ESXi hosts have a consistent and repeatable configuration; is with the use of Ansible. I have created an ansible playbook that can be run against a VMware ESXi host to a desired configuration and run on a weekly basis to check for configuration drift. The true power is

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Upgrade to ESXi v8 Using the ESXCLI Command Line

In a previous blog post, I demonstrated how easy it was to upgrade vCenter v7.0U3 to v8.0 and now want to show two methods of upgrading ESXi Hosts. If you have hosts that are managed by vCenter, I will demonstrate how to upgrade those with vCenter Life Cycle Manage (LCM) in my next blog post.

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Starter Script Configure ESXi Hosts

Starter Scripts for ESXi Hosts: Networking and iSCSI Configuration

Background: For years, I rebuilt my lab by clicking through the entire rebuild without a single script, let alone automation. I haven’t taken a programming class in twenty years, which was Visual Basic 6, and have shied away from PowerShell and Python until only recently. The lab was also rebuilt so often, I’m surprised I

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