Top Blog Voting

2014 top VMware & virtualization blog voting – Thank you for voting!

Yesterday the voting results for 2014 top VMware & Virtualization blogs were published on and I’m happy to announce that Default Reasoning jumped from place 206 to 77!!! This is an awesome result so let me take this opportunity to thank you all who voted for Default Reasoning. I really appreciate your vote! Thanks! You can view all the results on website. Cheers! – Marek.Z

Operations Manager

Upgrade vCenter Operations Manager 5.7 to version 5.8

Here is a quick steps guide on how to upgrade the vCenter Operations Manager 5.7 to version 5.8. In this case I will perform an in-place upgrade of vCenter Operations Manager. Before we begin, let’s take a look at what’s new in vCenter Operations Manager 5.8. Optimized query execution to improve performance at scale. Enhanced authentication options with new active directory integration for authentication. Improved security with upgrades to the OS and runtime environment. New […]


Upgrade VMware vCloud Director 5.1 to version 5.5 – Part 2

In the previous part of the vCloud Director 5.5 upgrade process, we have upgraded the vCloud Director software and the database. In this part we will continue with the upgrade process by upgrading the vShield Manager the vShield Edge Appliances and the ESXi host agent. Before you begin, download the latest vShield Manager Upgrade Bundle and not the OVA appliance from VMware. Also, you should take a snapshot of vShield Manager so that you can […]


1st vBeers in Eindhoven!

As the vBeers in The Netherlands were always held in Amsterdam, it was just to far for some of us to attend. So, some guys from the south (@Peerke, @hharold & myself) felt that we need to have a vBeers event closer to home. This will be the 1st vBeers in the southern part of the Netherlands, so mark your calendar for this vBeers on Thursday the 27th of March 2014. It will be an informal […]


Win a trip around the world with Veeam!

Today,  I want to share some big news from Veeam with you! Veeam is about to get its 100,000th customer and is launching an interactive contest for a chance to win a trip around the world and other prizes (Google Glass, iPad and Microsoft Surface). To participate, you need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are to the right spot, the better chance you […]

How To

Upgrade VMware vCloud Director 5.1 to version 5.5 – Part 1

Before we jump into the upgrade process of the vCloud Director, let’s have a quick look at what’s new in version 5.5. Enhancements to the catalog, including the ability to limit access to shared catalogs, automated versioning of catalog content, and the ability to upload any type of file to the catalog. Usability improvements for vApp provisioning and life-cycle management, including the ability to customize virtual machine hardware settings when deploying vApps from templates, support […]

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How To

PowerCLI Basics – Create custom ESXi ISO image

Here is a quick post on how to create a custom ESXi ISO image using PowerCLI. Cmdlets used and the corresponding reference page: Add-ESXSoftwareDepot New-EsxImageProfile Export-EsxImageProfile First, connect to the vCenter Server: PowerCLI C:> Connect-VIServer <IP_or_FQDN> Next, add the ESXi offline bundle to the depot: PowerCLI C:> Add-EsxSoftwareDepot Add a custom driver to the depot. I used the iSCSI Driver for Emulex: PowerCLI C:> Add-EsxSoftwareDepot Clone the ESXi image: PowerCLI C:> New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile […]