vCAC 6.1 Removes VM NICs when a description is changed

Maybe my google foo is broken, but I couldn't see any mention of this in VMware's KB library. I'm trying to find out if it's also an issue in vRA 6.2 too. Edit 14/05/2015: I'm reliably informed that this is fixed in 6.2. So, what's the problem? Well, I was demonstrating how it was possible to change the description of a VM in vCAC via the “Edit” resource action and how it would also result in the vCenter VM being updated. So, with the description added, I hit Submit. The description is added to…

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Reset VM Stuck at 95%

I'm not convinced that this is supported, but it did work. As with anything on a blog, use at your own risk. I was working on rebuilding my home lab and wanted to clear down the host that my vCenter VM was sitting on. Before doing that I wanted to rescue some files from it (long story). For some reason it hung on me and wouldn't respond so I tried to reset it. This process got as far as 95% and then got stuck 🙁 One way to unstick such a VM is to SSH onto the hosts that it's running…

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List VMs in PortGroups

While documenting the VI that I'm working on at present, I had cause to provide a list of which VMs were in which PortGroups. Now I have done this before but it was hardly pretty when I cut and pasted the script into a document or email so I've been back to make a quick enhancement to the script. The output now comes as HTML, an example of which you can see below: As before the script is simply called on its own to return a full list of VMs in PortGroups or an optional parameter can be supplied to…

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Setting up Sysprep for vCenter 2.5

Several of my recent clients (my current one included) have both avoided, failed or just not used Virtual Machine (VM) templates. Depending on who you ask the answer to the question “Why Not?” seems to vary between: “I didn't know that you could do that” “We couldn't make it work” “It was too complicated to setup” “We haven't had the time yet” “All of our new VMs are different” After some convincing I have persuaded my current client to let me configure sysprep and a couple of templates…

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