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Add a vCenter Single Sign On Identity Source Active Directory (Windows Integrated Authentication)

This is a second part of my article How to join vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory, and here I am configuring Identity source on Single sign on. In my one of the previous article ADDING AND CONFIGURING VMWARE VSPHERE VCENTER SSO ACTIVE DIRECTORY AS LDAP SERVER  I used AD as ldap server…

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How to join vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory

I just finished deploying new VCSA 6.7 in my office for a new project, In this article I am showing procedure to join VCSA to active directory, and wanted to assign permissions to AD accounts but Active directory was not visible in permissions. For the same follow below steps on vCenter web client t…

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Powershell GUI format text on TextBox and RichTextBox

I was preparing some auditing and reporting tools for some of newly received projects and wanted a way to formatting representation of data on my GUI form in nice way. To show this nice formatting you can use tags inside TextBlock and RichTextBox inside xaml code and binding can be used.These tags a…

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Powershell GUI encode decode images

Recently I was working on the one of my project, In the same I required to add few images to GUI, and needed to encode and decode images in the script so no external file is required to port incase if I want to share and there will be only sole ps1 script. Here in below video not a single external p…

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Powershell WPF Charts dashboard demo

I was preparing for some dashboards using Powershell WPF GUI and was looking for some charts and graph to show on my GUI, I tried utilizing data visualization charts but I was looking for more cooler ways to show them and was looking for interactive ones which can complement my dashboards. To achiev…

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Installing VMware.Powercli latest version and Error Invalid server certificate Set-PowerCLIConfiguration

Way long back, After writing my my article VMWARE VSPHERE POWERCLI INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION STEP BY STEP, I decided today to upgrade my vSphere PowerCLI to newer version 10 in the office, I am choosing little bit different installation method instead of using exe installer, PowerCLI can be do…

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Using PowerCLI to Increase VMDK (Virtual disk) in VMware Virtual Machine

Below oneliner commands I recently used to configure multiple VMware Virtual Machines Hard disk, Task was to grow/extend VMDK virtual disk on more than hundreds of the virtual machine. Below is the main techniques and gist of the article and scripts. These one-liner commands also include the command…

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Part 3: Powershell wpf MahApps.Metro theme step by step

Part 1: Basic Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step
Part 2: Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step
Part 3: Powershell wpf MahApps.Metro theme step by step

As shown in my previous articles using sample xaml as style and themes, here I am using community popular MahApps.Metro wpf theme, Thi…

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Part 2: Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step

Part 1: Basic Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step
Part 2: Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step
Part 3: Powershell wpf MahApps.Metro theme step by step

Theme 2

I found few nice themes online for my Powershell WPF gui scripts, I was looking for simple and nice themes to implement, al…

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Powershell WPF custom Image based ProgressBar

In this article I am showing some different ProgressBars for WPF GUI, This progressbar can show your chunk of silhouette image loading instead progress nicely. Below is the demo for my new progressbars, It can be used as an animated text or image. Images should be silhouette, A silhouette is the ima…

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Esxi update individual component firmware on HP hardware: disk degraded not authenticated

Server hardware goes faulty is common in any organization, I was doing healthcheck on all vCenter, few of my ESXi servers were showing alerts on faulty storage controller battery and HDD storage issue, they were running on HP hardware, after checking ILO pages, hardware health status was in yellow o…

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Solved: Esxi server cannot joined into active directory domain

I assigned one task to my junior colleagues to configure authentication services on vmware esxi servers (Join esxi server into domain), They reported to me that they are not able to join few esxi servers in the domain and giving error. They followed correct instructions as shown below from my earlie…

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New Vembu release 3.9.1 - Standard Edition and features

Vembu has publicized recently the latest publication of their leading offering, i.e. Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.1 which contains a Standard Edition intended keeping Small businesses in thoughts. Vembu BDR Suite has been filling all these demands since a long time now. It is a complete solution, intended t…

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Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step

Part 1: Basic Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step
Part 2: Powershell WPF Themes guide step by step
Part 3: Powershell wpf MahApps.Metro theme step by step

I have wrote many powershell GUI scripts but never thought using any themes on WPF GUI forms, As it is not required for internal organ…

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Creating a password reset tool with PowerShell GUI

 

One of the my blog reader, came across one of the article written on generating random password gui using powershell by me, and he contacted me as he wanted a small help on creating one GUI utility ADUser reset password. Below are the detailed information he provided in the email what exactly …

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Build a simple email server for home lab using hMailServer and Thunderbird

Since long time I was looking for very small and  lightweight email server for my lab, here I have hMailServer is to my rescue, it is very lightweight, opensource and free. It is just 4 MB of setup file, easy to setup and configure. Setup is available on https://www.hmailserver.com/, there is not m…

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Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu)

Windows Admin Center is an evolution of Windows Server in-box management tools; it’s a single pane of glass that consolidates all aspects of local and remote server management. Windows Admin Center proposals "elastic, locally-deployed, browser-based management platform and tools". The impression beh…

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Configure SNMP on ESXi Server GUI :Vmware Best Practices

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a popular protocol for network management. It is used for collecting information from, and configuring, network devices, such as servers, printers, hubs, switches, and routers on an Internet Protocol (IP) network. Here in this article, I am configuring sn…

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Create bootable USB from ISO file

I was planning to install VMware ESXi OS on newly purchased servers in my office, There was no remote console (ILO, DRAC, IPMI or IMM RSA) available, because networking was yet to be configured, till the time until network is up, being ahead of time, I wanted to install OS on the physical server, I …

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Part 3: VMware Powercli: Migrate VMs to another network

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