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resxtop fails to connect to a vSphere 5.1 host

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If you have recently installed the latest vCLI 5.1 release and using the remote resxtop utility to connect to a vSphere 5.1 host, you might have noticed one of the following error messages: Login failed, reason: HTTPS_CA_FILE or HTTPS_CA_DIR not set or SSL Exception: Verification parameters Read more...

VMware Remote Console (VMRC) 5.1 SDK Download Now Available!

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If you were having trouble downloading the latest VMware Remote Console (VMRC) 5.1 SDK, this issue has now been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The latest release of VMRC 5.1 SDK now provides support for both vSphere 5.1 as well as vCloud Director 5.1: The VMRC SDK allows you to Read more...

“vMotion without shared storage” API

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My colleague Frank Denneman recently asked me whether there was a new vSphere API for the new enhancement made to vMotion in vSphere 5.1, which would allow you to migrate a live running virtual machine without the need of shared storage. The simple answer is no, the new enhancement to vMotion operation has been integrated into Read more...

What’s New In ESXCLI 5.1

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With the release of vSphere 5.1, there have been some major enhancements to ESXCLI which is part of the vCLI 5.1 release, also available with the latest vMA 5.1. Here’s a quick summary overview of the ESXCLI top level root namespaces that have received updates. 82 new ESXCLI commands: 7 hardware 2 sched 47 network Read more...

What’s New In vCloud 5.1 API

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The new vCloud Director 5.1 release introduces many new features and enhancements to the vCloud Director platform. These features of course are available for consumption via the vCloud 5.1 API. Here’s a small list on some of the new features that are available via the vCloud API: vShield Edge Gateway Management OrgVDC Networks Metadata Tagging Read more...

Automatically Securing Virtual Machines Using a vCenter Alarm

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In a previous blog post, we demonstrated how you can easily automate the hardening of your Virtual Machines by using a PowerCLI or vSphere SDK for Perl script and apply the latest vSphere 5.0 Security Hardening Guide recommendations for your Virtual Machines. Now, this is great for securing your existing Virtual Machines, but what about Read more...