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Powershell Dell iDrac redfish Rest API basic authentication

In one of my blog Configure Dell iDrac9 Rest API with Powershell I showed how use x-auth-token to connect to Dell iDrac, here I instead of token, using basic authentication (use UserName and Password each time to connect to Redfish iDRAC rest api), This is just a example and I will be using expli…

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Powershell web scrapping extract table from html

This is small script I use to collect the table data from website to Powershell Object and then further it can be saved to csv file. For this example I am taking table example from https://datatables.net. I will try to convert table to Powershell Object. HTML tables has tags th (Table header) and …

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PowerShell slice array into groups of smaller arrays

This is a small script to slice array into groups of smaller array, and I use it in my scripts most often. This script is very helpful when I want to batch process multiple server at time but not on all the server, instead fewer servers at servers in batch. Once I have a very big fat list of servers…

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Powershell Convert range of numbers into another list of numbers maintaining ratio

Recently I was working on some PowerShell GUI project, Where I wanted to convert a range of number into another range of number maintaining ratio, for this I had to use one Arithmetic Math formula and, for example I have numbers between 1 to 200, Which I wanted to fit into new number of range bet…

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PowerCLI create, modify and assign tag and tagcategory

This script is written using VMware Powercli module and its purpose is as similar as earlier written script Powershell vCenter server Rest API create and assign tag and tagcategory for creating and modifying Tag and TagCategory, only the difference is earlier script is written using vSphere API t…

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Powershell vCenter server Rest API create and assign tag and tagcategory

While working on one of the automation project I wanted to assign tags and tag category on VMware clusters using Powershell, It is easy task when done using PowerCLI module but the requirement was not to use PowerCLI module instead make use of vSphere vCenter Rest API

PowerCLI create, modif…

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Configure vCenter SSO Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication) as identity source

I have already written a article on Add a vCenter Single Sign On Identity Source Active Directory (Windows Integrated Authentication), there are 2 ways to configure vCenter SSO with Windows Integrated Authentication, In the earlier article I have shown how to Use Machine Account, and the settings d…

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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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