Using PowerShell with APIs to Generate Let’s Encrypt SSL Certs with CloudFlare or GoDaddy DNS

Lets Encrypt has issued over a billion SSL certificates since starting out and has all but ended any reason for not having trusted SSL certificates installed on test/dev, lab or non-production systems. I even know instances where they front production systems. Over the years i’ve pretty much been one of those people that don’t care […] Read More

Never Deploy Backup Proxies Manually Again With Infrastructure as Code!

My recent obsession with automation and Infrastructure as Code in general has resulted in a lot of efficiencies in my day to day work life. Where I used to deploy Windows Templates manually through vSphere, I now use Terraform to handle repeatable deployments of lab server instances. I use Ansible and Chocolatey to install and […] Read More

Quick Post – Executing PowerShell through Guest Customizations with Terraform

Bootstrapping Windows during automated deployments is one of the more frustrating aspects of working with templates that are being deployed by Infrastructure as Code toolsets. When I say bootstrapping, i’m talking about executing post deployment actions on templates such as configuring WinRM or setting Windows Firewall settings to allow for future operations after deployment. VMware […] Read More

Orchestration of NSX by Terraform for Cloud Connect Replication with vCloud Director

That is probably the longest title i’ve ever had on this blog, however I wanted to highlight everything that is contained in this solution. Everything above works together to get the job done. The job in this case, is to configure an NSX Edge automatically using the vCloud Director Terraform provider to allow network connectivity […] Read More

Automated Configuration of Backup & Replication with PowerShell

As part of the Veeam Automation and Orchestration for vSphere project myself and Michael Cade worked on for VMworld 2018, we combined a number of seperate projects to showcase an end to end PowerShell script that called a number of individual modules. Split into three parts, we had a Chef/Terraform module that deployed a server […] Read More

Creating Policy Based Backup Jobs for vCloud Director Self Service Portal with Tenant Creation

For a long time Veeam has lead the way in regard to the protection of workloads running in vCloud Director. Veeam first released deep integration into vCD back in version 7 of Backup & Replication that talked directly to the vCD APIs to facilitate the backup and recovery of vCD workloads and their constructs. More […] Read More

OVFTool: vCloud Director OVA Upload PowerShell Script

Earlier this year I put together a quick and nasty PowerShell Script that exports a vApp from vCloud Director using the OVFTool …for those that don’t know the OVFTool is a command line tool that has a powerful set of functions to import/export VMs and vApps from vCenter, ESXi and vCloud Director weather it be from […] Read More

PowerCli IOPS Metrics: vCloud Org and VPS Reporting

We have recently been working through a product where knowing and reporting on VM Max Read/Write IOPS was critical. We needed a way to be able to provide reporting on our clients VPSs and vCloud Organisation VMs. vCOPs is a seriously great monitoring and analytics tool, but it has got a flaw in it’s reporting […] Read More

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