Category Archives: vCenter

Quick Tip: Check VMs for VMTools Upgrade Policy

I know I have posted before regarding changing the vmtools upgrade policy, which you can find here. I noticed that I didn’t have an explanation about how to check the current vmtools upgrade policy.

Fortunately, it is just an easy one-liner 🙂


get-view -ViewType virtualmachine| format-table name, @{name="ToolsUpgradePolicy";E={$}}

Granted, I select out just the name and the upgrade policy, so if you wanted the output to be different, it would be easy enough to do so.














From there you can go back to my original post, and change the settings you want.


Use PowerCLI to run SRM Test Recovery Plans

  Requirements: PowerShellGet Module PowerCLI PowerCLI SRM MeadowCroft Module/Cmdlets   The latest PowerCLI and PowerCLI SRM are generally not available for conventional download, and the PowerShellGet Module is needed to download and install them.   PowershellGet is inherently included in: Windows 10+ Server 2016+ Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5+ Powershell 6   For Powershell versions… Continue Reading

Using PowerCLI to Automate SRM Post Power On Commands

Long Title… But first things first. Ben Meadowcroft created several cmdlets and even a module using the SRM API. Having spent a good deal of time in the SRM API myself, let me tell you….IT IS A MESS. Long story short Ben, spent a lot of time creating this really helpful module, and you… Continue Reading

Installing vSphere 6

Installing vSphere 6

Let’s get started installing vCenter. It is never a bad idea to know what screens and information you will need before you get get there! Already this looks SIGNIFICANTLY more streamlined than the vSphere 5.5 installations with SSO, Inventory Service, etc etc etc Next next next! I went with Embedded Deployment, this means everything necessary… Continue Reading

Lower HIGH Java RAM Usage on vCenter Server

This is especially useful for SMB who don’t have large environments, and can’t throw resources at a vCenter Server This is what one of my vCenter Servers looked like recently To give some insight, this is a vCenter that manages around 3 hosts and 50 VMs. I quickly found a KB about java memory usage… Continue Reading

VMware vCenter MDMP Files

My vCenter Server was acting up and throwing a bunch of random errors. When I started investigating it appeared that the C drive was out of space. Completely Out. Yeah, I guess I haven’t been a very good administrator…. So after a few minutes of some quick cleaning and getting everything up and running I… Continue Reading

VMHost Heartbleed Fix for ESXi 5.5

If you don’t know about Heartbleed yet…Well I don’t know what to say… I guess check this out. Unfortunately, ESXi is susceptible to this The full kb is here from VMware Fortunately it can be patched with everyone’s favorite patch tool VMware Update Manager Now that I have been able to scan my… Continue Reading

VMware Update Manager Errors On Scan

While working on getting my hosts properly patched, I found I couldn’t even do a scan on them. Alright so next I took a look at the esxupdate log on the host. Both of these correspond to a VMware kb found Here The cause as listed in the KB “This error occurs when two VIBs… Continue Reading