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PowerCLI

PowerCLI Basics – Import Host Profile

A quick post on how to import a host profile into vCenter Server using vSphere PowerCLI. Here is the link to the cmdlet reference page. Open PowerCLI and connect to you vCenter Server: PowerCLI C:> Connect-VIServer <IP_or_FQDN> Next, use the following to import the profile: PowerCLI C:> Import-VMHostProfile –FilePath <Path> -Name <Profile_Name> -ReferenceHost <ESXi_host_Name> For example: PowerCLI C:> Import-VMHostProfile -FilePath D:HostProfilesDefault.vpf -Name Default -ReferenceHost host-01.dr-lab-e.local Done. As you can see the host profile is now […]

Upgrade

Upgrading vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5 – Part 1

The latest release of VMware vSphere (version 5.5) has been generally available for a while so it is time to look how to upgrade your vSphere 5.1 environment to vSphere 5.5. Make sure that you read and check the vSphere 5.5 Release Notes, the vSphere 5.5 upgrade guide, the Compatibility Guide and the Product Interoperability Matrix from VMware before you begin the upgrade process. Also, make sure your environment meets the software and hardware requirements. The […]

vCenter

Tweaking Java.exe memory usage on vCenter Server 5.1

During the upgrade of my home lab from vSphere 5.0 to vSphere 5.1 I have noticed that there is more memory consumption on my vCenter Server than before the upgrade. According to the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide, this happens because vCenter Server includes several Java services in the installation (VirtualCenter Management Webservices, Inventory Service, Profile-Driven Storage Service and Single Sign On) and when you install vCenter Server, you have an option to select the […]

Dump Collector

Configure vSphere ESXi Dump Collector

Here is a quick post about configuring the vSphere Dump Collector for your ESXi hosts. I’m not going to cover the installation process because it is really simple and straightforward. You can install the Dump Collector as stand-alone instance or integrated with vCenter Server. If you choose the last option you will have to provide the IP address, port and log in credentials for the vCenter Server. After the installation, you can configure the Dump […]

ESXi 5

Upgrade vCenter Server 5.x to vCenter Server 5.1

As you probably all know, the vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Suite binaries have been made available for download yesterday. The vCenter Server ISO is now about 3,4 GB in size which is quite significant compared to 2,4 GB in version 5.0 Update 1. The size of ESXi hypervisor is now about 307 MB which is about 10 MB more than the version 5.0 Update 1. Before you begin with upgrading your production environment, make sure […]