VMware Explore Las Vegas 2024 - Why you should go

Summer is beginning, school is almost out here so that means it’s time to start preparing for my favorite time of the year, the VMware Explore conferences! In the past, I’ve always gone to Barcelona because it’s the closest to Belgium. This year I decided to change things up and also attend Explore in Las Vegas. In this post, I will go through some of the top reasons why you should attend the Explore conference....

23 June, 2024 · 3 min · Maarten Van Driessen

Daily redeploy of functions on VEBA

This post outlines how you can get a daily redeploy of functions on VEBA.

20 November, 2023 · 3 min · Maarten Van Driessen

VMware Explore 2023 Barcelona Experience

This post recounts my experience at VMware Explore 2023 in Barcelona.

17 November, 2023 · 5 min · Maarten Van Driessen

Becoming a VMUG leader

As many of you already know, last year Erik Schils decided to step down as a VMUG leader after 15 years. When I saw the announcement, I immediately thought to myself that I don’t want to see this community disappear. I started talking to other folks in the community and quickly we had a bunch of enthusiastic people ready to step up and keep on building this community. I won’t be flying solo, my good friends Jens Herremans (blog - twitter) and Kristof Asaert (blog - twitter will be joining me as VMUG leaders....

21 January, 2022 · 4 min · Maarten Van Driessen

Why YOU should become a vExpert

The end of the year is one of my favourite times of the year. Not just because it’s my birthday or the holiday season but also because it’s time to fill in your vExpert application. It’s a good time to reflect on the past year and what you accomplished. So what is the vExpert program all about Unlike what some people may think, the vExpert program is not a certification that you get when you pass an exam....

20 December, 2021 · 4 min · Maarten Van Driessen

Deploying vIDM through vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

One of the reasons I got my homelab was to test out stuff that I don’t necessarily have access to at work. Recently, vIDM has peaked my intrest so I decided to deploy it. I had already deployed vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager so why not use that for the deploy! Getting everything ready Before we can actually start installing vIDM, we need to get the binaries onto vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM)....

12 November, 2021 · 4 min · Maarten Van Driessen

How to change iLO IP from ESXi

I ran into an issue at work, where the iLO lost all its settings after a hardware intervention. The host was running fine and the iLO NIC was connected, but the IP configuration was missing. Because this is a remote site, it would be easy if the configuration could be set from within ESXi. Luckily, this is a possibility! Installing the tools The first thing we need to do is download the VIB from the HPE website....

2 July, 2021 · 2 min · Maarten Van Driessen

Change NSX-T password with API

Last night, I logged into the NSX-T manager in my lab and was greeted with the following message. In the past, I would SSH into the edge nodes and change the password like that. But since NSX-T is suggesting to use the API, I figured I would try it. This would be a lot easier to do for the 3 users on both my edge nodes than having to type out all the commands....

20 April, 2021 · 3 min · Maarten Van Driessen

Clear DNS cache VCSA/PhotonOS

The last few weeks I’ve had to do a couple of IP changes on ESXi hosts. This always goes without a lot of issues but it can be annoying when you have to wait for the new IP address to be updated in DNS and then for it to be visible in vCenter. The quickest way to get the new DNS records, is to clear the DNS cache in VCSA. Since VCSA is based on PhotonOS, this will also work on other PhotonOS VMs....

21 October, 2020 · 1 min · Maarten Van Driessen

vCenter update fails: vCenter server is non-operational

Today, while I was updating vCenter in my lab, I ran into a strange issue. The update I was installing failed, when I wanted to try again, this ominous error message popped up. vCenter being non-operational left me a bit of a doom and gloom feeling but, thankfully, the fix is rather easy. Fixing the issue Open up an SSH session to your vCenter server and run the command below to remove the software_update_state....

4 September, 2020 · 1 min · Maarten Van Driessen