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Reset HP ILO password from Esxi server

February 15, 2018 03:24PM

Recently I got some new VMware projects, there HP servers ILO Administrator password were poorly managed and documented. When I took handover I didn't know ILO Administrator passwords for most of the HP servers. I wanted to streamline the the same. As servers were at the remote location and few datacenters were unmanaged by local datacenter operators, I needed a way to remotely set or reset passwo…

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Get the List of installed softwares on remote computers with PowerShell

February 15, 2018 01:59PM

I used to use generally win32_product wmi class to fetch installed software list from remote computer systems. But the problem with it is, It only retrieves the installed applications via MSI, However, this WMI class might not list all the installed softwares that show in Add or Remove Programs, appwiz.cpl. One answer to this issue is to collect data on installed softwares/programs from the regis…

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Microsoft Powershell: Delete registry key or values on remote computer

February 6, 2018 02:23PM

Part 1: Powershell: Get registry value data from remote computer
Part 2: Microsoft Powershell: remotely write, edit, modify new registry key and data value
Part 3: Microsoft Powershell: Delete registry key or values on remote computer

Method 1

Just like my another blog articles on registry I have 3 different methods to delete registry key and values remotely. First method is I created scri…

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Microsoft Powershell: remotely write, edit, modify new registry key and data value

February 5, 2018 03:34PM

Part 1: Powershell: Get registry value data from remote computer
Part 2: Microsoft Powershell: remotely write, edit, modify new registry key and data value
Part 3: Microsoft Powershell: Delete registry key or values on remote computer

Recently I had a another requirement to write edit, modify new windows registry keys and value data on remote server using Microsoft PowerShell. Here I have use…

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Oneliner Microsoft Powershell Script Get members list from active directory group in excel

January 26, 2018 03:18PM

This is my tiny article on gathering members information from active directory groups using windows PowerShell in very easy, I have used one-liner script earlier for creating bulk ad users, This script will get all the members from group and export it to CSV, This is very handy when providing someone information. I am using 2 methods here to fetch group members information. Both scripts export mem…

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Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 is now Generally Available and includes Tape Support & Flexible Restores

January 25, 2018 02:13PM

It is greatly significant that data requirements to be backed up and there should be an operative Disaster Recovery strategy in situation of data threat or a catastrophe. Although data stays to raise and there are number of technology providers who proposal better and complete storage methods to businesses, there has not been alternative to the notion of backup. While budgets are a chief issue for…

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Create and configure VMWare vSphere VSAN cluster step by step

January 16, 2018 03:09PM

VMware vSAN is a Hyper-Converged storage (Software Defined Storage) solutions with a vSphere-native, high-performance architecture. With software defined storage, it has opened new opportunities to new skills. With vSAN we can use local disk and create highly available, scalable, high performance datastores for vSphere infrastructure. Benefit of using local disk is there low latency and in the VSA…

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Emulate HDD as SSD flash disk on Esxi and VMware workstation

January 14, 2018 09:03PM

I was required (emulated) virtual fake SSD in VMware workstation for few demos and testing purpose. I am already using SSD on my system, If vmdks are kept on the Solid state drives, VMs detects vmdk disks as SSD/Flash disk, but if you don't have SSD, it can be easily emulated with a trick configuration, but doing so performance is the same as HDD.

PART 6 : CONFIGURE VMWARE WORKSTATION TO SA…

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Configuring a vCenter PSC Single sign-on Active directory Integrated windows authentication

January 14, 2018 02:16PM

In my one of the earlier article I shown ADDING AND CONFIGURING VMWARE VSPHERE VCENTER SSO ACTIVE DIRECTORY AS LDAP SERVER, That was one of the security best practices, Here I am going to perform the same task but will use Active directory integrated windows authentication way instead. For this few more steps need to configured on vCenter server. First step is vCenter server need to join into Ac…

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Copy Files with PowerShell Remoting WINRM Protocol

January 11, 2018 12:21PM

Microsoft Powershell psremoting is just not limited to remoting into computers, it can also use to copy files over winrm protocol to remote system the same way, you use files are copied on traditional SMB protocol. This requires some psremoting configuration using POWERSHELL PS REMOTING BETWEEN COMPUTERS. To show everything from scratch I have listed my files using dir command from local folder…

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