Monthly Archives: February 2015

Backup NSX Manager

Was playing around with NSX today and found that you can enable backup of the NSX manager from within the administration page. While using a backup solution like Avamar or VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is preferred for backing up your VMs this is a quick and easy way to backup your NSX manager config that enables you to quickly restore in the case of losing the NSX manager (or screwing it up by changing something!!)

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Cool Tool Friday! – WebCommander (Part 1 – Install)

This weeks cool tool is another VMware fling called WebCommander. Well it was a fling that has now become open source. More info here

I will try to make a short series of posts on this. First up is install.

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How to install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012

Quick one on how to install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012. Its required for things liks PowerCli on 2012. It cant be installed natively like other roles/features. It needs the install source files. So the quickest way is to mount the 2012 iso to the VM and run the following from an elevated command prompt (assuming d:\ is the mounted iso)

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Powershell Script – Validate AD Users Credentials

As a follow on from my AD Users creation script post here. I thought this might also be useful as sometimes part of the process is done manually which in turn introduces human error..and pain..lots of pain…



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Cool Tool Friday! – Chocolatey NuGet

This weeks cool tool is a package manager for windows called Chocolatey NuGet. For those familiar with apt-get on linux this is the same idea on Windows. I know this is coming natively as part of Win10 (Top marks M$!) but until then this is a very useful tool for quick n dirty installs from cli for those of us who prefer Windows!!!

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Powershell Script – Create AD OUs/Groups/Users

When planning a build of any kind of environment it is good practice to pre plan all user/service/application accounts that you will need. Now you could manually create each user but you’ve probably got better things to do (Beer anyone?!) so a script to do it all helps right?!

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Uh Oh..Expired vCAC Certs…..

Hit an issue in the lab this week with vCAC/IaaS where the self signed certs had expired. Self signed certs last 12 months..note to self…setup CA! This was compounded by the expiry of the internal Solution User’s certificate. more info on that here 

Anyways here is the error and how i got things working again…

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Cool tool Friday! – Atom tool Friday seems to come around very quick! Doesn’t even seem like I’ve had time to find some new tools to talk about! (Note to Self: Must Try Harder!!)

One tool that i have been using lately is Atom. Atom is a text editor created by GitHub. Its very customizable and easy to use and is very easy on the eyes if like me you stare at the same code for hours in the blind hope it will miraculously begin to work! 🙂

Anyway if you are so inclined check it out here

vCD vApp Report

Here is a quick one liner for reporting on vCD vApps. This is useful for quickly auditing deployed vApps in vCD. I used the Search-Cloud cmdlet as its lighter and faster than Get-CIvApp. I’m sorting by created date and outputting Created date, vApp Name, Power state, and vApp Owner and outputting the results to a csv file


Search-Cloud -QueryType AdminVApp | Sort-Object -Property CreationDate | select CreationDate,Name,Status,OwnerName | Out-File C:\vCDAudit.csv

NSX VXLAN vib fails to install when preparing hosts

I came across this earlier so said i’d post it. I was trying to prepare my cluster to use with NSX and i was getting the failure below.


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