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Blog posts March 2023

HOW to Add multiple email addresses to Distribution Groups in Exchange online Office 365

I was working with one of my client on a automation solution with PowerShell for Exchange Online. I wanted to write a PowerShell script to add secondary alias email addresses to Distribution Groups in Exchange online Office 365.

Base of the script is Set-DistributionGroup cmdlet which does all …

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Second VMKernel port not working or reachable on nested ESXi server in VMware ESXi server

I was building nested VMware vSphere lab for POCs. While configuration I was facing strange issue after installing nested ESXi server as virtual machine on Physical ESXi Server, I created Few VMs and VMKernel ports on nested ESXi VM. But when I was trying to connect VMs or new VMKernel port it was f…

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Ansible Azure An exception occurred during task execution. TypeError deprecated() got an unexpected keyword argument

After upgrading Ansible Azure plugin module, while running my old ansible scripts against Azure resources to change or get information I was receiving error of TypeError: deprecated() got an unexpected keyword argument. (My credentials are stored in the file location of vim ~/.azure/credentials

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Staging vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) updates using Rest API

This script is a another part of Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) with VMware PowerCLI. In this article I am using Rest API calls to update VCSA via VAMI. At the moment I am able to stage the updates, but installation of update to vCenter is not working. Once I get solution I will revise thi…

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Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) with VMware PowerCLI

I had bunch of vCenter Server appliance (VCSA) to update/upgrade. Although the upgrade process using vCenter Server VAMI portal (5480) is fairly very simple and easy as shown in Patching update VMware vCenter Server Appliance from a zipped update bundle Web server. But I wanted it to get it automat…

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VMware PowerCLI Clone VM from template with customization specs in vCenter

This is a second alternative script to VMware PowerCLI Clone and Deploy VM from template in vCenter. In earlier article I did customization of newly cloned Virtual Machine using Windows PowerShell commands which I executed using Invoke-VMscript. Here in this script I used inbuilt customization pro…

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VMware PowerCLI Clone and Deploy VM from template in vCenter

This VMware PowerCLI helps cloning and deploying Virtual Machine from template in vCenter Server. I had to write OS customization for Windows 2019 server because due to some reason native customization profile was failing. Here in this script there are 3 files in the script package, first file is 

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