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Setting up Turbonomic Action Notifications to Slack Channels

An interesting use-case that I’ve bumped into lately is where folks want to enable automation, but they also need to know when automated things happen. Email was the common platform for notifications, and still is, but there are many more organizations adoption Slack for day-to-day activity monitoring and building out interesting interactive ways to enable the ChatOps approach to IT …

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PowerCLI: Enabling and Disabling SSH on vSphere hosts

I’m all about running PowerCLI to replace GUI management. Every once in a while there is a requirement to access the ESXCLI on my vSphere hosts, and this is a classic task that is a multi-click process and if you’re using the old 4.x or 5.0/5.1 web client, you may find the process very tedious. PowerCLI to the Rescue My …

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PowerCLI – Add Multiple VLAN Port Groups to vSphere Cluster Standard vSwitches

A recent change to my networking environment added the requirement to put different VM guests onto different VLANs according to their role. This is a fairly common configuration for a lot of virtualized datacenters. What is also common is that we don’t have the design fully prepared when we build our virtual infrastructure. Limitations of Standard vSwitches One of the …

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Finding RDP sessions on servers using PowerShell

Have you ever needed to use RDP to get to a server console for some local admin work and then been bounced out because there are already active sessions? Or have you had your Active Directory account locked out because of an open RDP session with the old password sending locks to the domain? Rather than having to run the …