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  • ESXi NTP Configuration with PowerShell

    4th Jun 2021 by

    As part of a recent automation workflow, I had cause to configure NTP on ESXi hosts. I honestly thought this would be easier than it was, but a couple of issues led me to “roll my own” function which I’m sharing here.

  • Native TAR File Extraction with PowerShell

    20th May 2021 by

    That’s right, tar-ball 😉 On one of my projects recently, I had cause to extract a .tar.gz file during the automation process. If you are in this scenario there are potentially a couple of options around this which I’ll cover off. However, I wanted a simple, native function with no dependencies, so keep reading to… Read more

  • Building ISO Files with PowerShell 7

    16th Mar 2021 by

    A function that’s been part of my toolkit for a long time is New-ISOFile by Chris Wu. This excellent little function allowed you to build an ISO file directly from PowerShell, even a bootable one. I came to use it recently on an automation project with PowerShell 7 and discovered there was some compatibility issue… Read more

  • ESXi & The Big MAC Mystery

    3rd Mar 2021 by

    A scripting “opportunity” came up this week. Apparently ESXi assigns a virtual (or “shadow”) MAC address to each of its physical adapters, over and above the native physical MAC. The request was to report on all of these MACs across a large number of hosts. Read on to see how this resulted in the Get-esxiShadowMAC… Read more

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