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Powershell Find application window state minimized or maximized

While working on one of the small freelance project there was a requirement to find whether launched application/process is minimized or maximized (For example when I open Microsoft excel what is the state whether it is minimized or maximized). This value of window state you can easily get with UIAu…

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VMware Skyline Collector Password Recovery (KB52652)

After configuring few instances of VMware Skyline I found I am no longer able to login through ssh root or on web portal through admin, the default password was not working. Another thing was whenever logging through SSH tool I was getting root is locked up. For this skyline has simple and nice know…

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Configure Dell iDrac9 Rest API with Powershell

After writing  2 articles related on HPE ILO rest api, I had to automate Dell iDRAC9 systems using powershell. Dell iDRAC9 rest API is based on Redfish resources. HPE ILO5 also uses redfish for APIs but the resources and parameter usage are somewhat totally different, So  I wrote Dell iDRAC codes fr…

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PowerCLI Add a SCSI Controller to a Virtual Machine

My requirement was to write and automate adding a new virtual SCSI controller to virtual machines using PowerCLI. For this task there is cmdlet is already available New-ScsiController. But the problem with command is, standalone virtual SCSI controller cannot be added. It has to add new or existing…

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Esxi Registration unregistration of third-party IO filter storage providers fails on a host

While installing and testing ESXi 7 on the summary page it was showing warning message in yellow Registration/unregistration of third-party IO filter storage providers fails on a host

VMware has already KB provided for this issue - https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55774. According to VMware this

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Powershell Configure ILO5 using Restful API

This is second part of PowerShell HPE ILO4 Rest API automation examples. In earlier part I shown how to use Rest API on ILO version 4. But the same API didn't work on ILO5 for me, After verifying document for ILO5, I found it uses RedFish rest api.

What is Redfish? 
DMTF's Redfish® is a sta…

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PowerShell HPE ILO4 Rest API automation examples

Using Microsoft PowerShell to consume and automate any Restful API is very easy. In my earlier article I showed how to automate VMware product to automation rest api - Powershell Using vRealize Log Insight Rest API. In this article I am using HPE ILO4 Rest API to write automation scripts and how …

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Powershell Using vRealize Log Insight Rest API

I had an assignment to automate vRLI (VMware vRealize Log Insight) using Powershell as well as Ansible. Here in this article I am showing how to use Microsoft Powershell to automate vRLI configurations. The best part about vRLI is, it provides Rest API which you can easily consume with any scripting…

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Add a VMFS datastore using VMware PowerCLI

This article's completely focus is on VMware PowerCLI command line to add or create new VMFS datastore, You can check Create a VMFS Datastore in the vSphere Client how The same task is performed using vSphere Client (HTML5). To start first Import Vmware.PowerCLI module on to PowerShell and log in t…

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PowerCLI Get-VMhost The operation on computer failed The WinRM client cannot process the request

I frequently get error winrm client cannot process the request while running few VMware PowerCLI commands for example: Get-VM, Get-VMhost etc. The complete error is highlighted as below in the Red, This generally happens due to duplicate cmdlet name in the another module.

Microsoft Powershell Module PowerCLI vmware.Powercli vmware vsphere esxi connect-viserver import-module get-vmhost winrm hyper-v module vcenter server vcsa vsphere client visual studio code.png

Import-Module VMw…

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Create a VMFS Datastore in the vSphere Client

This is a step by step procedure to create a new VMFS datastore on the ESXi server using vSphere Client, and same guide is applicable for both Local Disk as well as Shared remote storage. While using HTML5 based vSphere client you might find little difference creating a new Datastore. To start I hav…

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Powershell New-Object Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID 80040154 Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG))

I was trying to use PowerShell object InternetExplorer.Application for automation purpose, While running my Powershell scripts on my VMs, I was receiving below error. To troubleshoot further I tested other Microsoft object for example: Excel.Application and Outlook.Application. Still I was recei…

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Step by Step guide to push your first project to github.com

Powershell Write-Eventlog The source name test does not exist on computer localhost

I was writing one GUI program on Microsoft Powershell, One of the requirement was logs (Information, Warnings and Errors) must be written under Event Log - Event Viewer, So troubleshooting or information viewing for program operations is easy and everything is logged properly. To fulfill the task th…

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Stellar Converter for EDB - EDB to PST Converter tool

Recently I got one small project to architect, out of the box additionally where I wanted to provide a solution on urgent basis to convert exchange server EDB to PST for employee who left the company, I work on exchange server adhoc basis whenever there is resource crunch in the team. While knowledg…

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PowerShell Invoke-WebRequest The underlying connection was closed: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL TLS secure channel.

I face below error frequently whenever try to automate a website running self signed or invalid certificate, Here is my lab vCenter server for demo which is using self signed SSL certificate. This causes my script to fail whenever using Invoke-WebRequest to automate website. You can trust the cer…

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PowerShell Invoke-WebRequest The request was aborted Could not create SSL TLS secure channel

I was testing automating few banking websites to check uptime, Invoke-WebRequest is use to access webiste, using this command I wrote a script to access bank website with PowerShell commands, but while executing scripts it was failing to access web site and showing below error.

Invoke-We…

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Add and manage TLS SSL certificates on Azure Web App

Uploading to Azure Web Apps Using FTP

Web apps works as very good hosting plan, you can host your website apps on line with Azure very easily. This is 3rd article in the series how to upload files to web app. Once Azure Web Apps is configured, next step is to upload custom web application built with php + html codes on it. Go to the Res…

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Azure azcopy login error Selected user account does not exist in tenant 'Microsoft Services' and cannot access the application '579a7132-0e58-4d80-b1e1-7a1e2d337859'

While working with new version 10 of azcopy.exe I was facing error while login. After logging in the browser it was not accepting my username and password to login to Azure.What it says is I am not able to login to '579a7132-0e58-4d80-b1e1-7a1e2d337859', and my user account doesn't exist for login.…

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