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how to upgrade vm version

In today's article, I'll be showing how to upgrade the VM hardware version using PowerCLI for either one VM or multiple VMs at a time to version 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, or any version. Additionally, I'll show you how to target a specific group of VMs by name or based on their location in a given cluster using a one-line command.

SSHing to a Ubiquity Switch

Recently we were testing out a new RMM tool and were going through the discovery of devices on the network by using SNMP. As we came across an IP that was not getting automatically recognized or categorized properly, we realized it was a Ubiquiti USW-24-PoE switch. No problem with thought and quickly opened up a Putty session and attempted to connect providing the username and password we had in our documentation but it did not work. 

Rubrik Forward Digital Summit

Rubrik hosted its Forward Digital Summit today. Due to Covid-19, this year the company went completely online, and instead of a 3-day in-person conference, it hosted a 1-day event for FREE. If you missed any of the live sessions, you can still register and watch the recorded sessions at a later date.

My current physical lab consists of three Dell R620s that boot off an internal Dual SD module (IDSDM) with ESXi 6.5 as the hypervisor. I've been putting off upgrading to vSphere 7 for several reasons but now that I've committed to upgrading to vCenter Server 7 and ESXi 7, I did encounter an issue with the boot partition for ESXi of it not having enough space - I use 2 GB cards. Time for an upgrade.

VMware VMs get powered off when expanding the VMDK

Expanding a disk on a virtual machine is a relatively easy and common daily task to do within your VMware environment.  So it shocked me when I tried to expand the disk on a production VM, and the process was completed with an error but also powered the VM off.

VMware Missing Privileges

There are plenty of solutions on the market for backing up your VMware vSphere environment, and all are constantly being updated. As you move from one version of VMware vSphere to the next, vendor documentation sometimes is not appropriately updated to include the necessary permissions for your backup software to do its tasks properly. Calling support is not always the ideal solution because some techs are just going by what their official documentation states - we just covered that their manuals aren't constantly updated (or specific sections). So what do you do?

Hypervisor and Datacenter

Choosing the right virtualization platform for your business can be a daunting task. With so many options on the market, it's important to know what makes each platform unique. In this guide we discuss the key differences between VMware vSphere ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V, allowing you to make an educated decision about which one is best for your organization.

Dangers of AI - Human vs Robot

AI has the potential to revolutionize our lives in unprecedented ways, from creating more productive workplaces to developing advanced personal service robots. While the potential benefits of AI are tremendous, there are also some very real risks that come along with this technology. In this article, we'll explore the dangers of AI and discuss how they can be managed.

Unlock VMware VMDK disk

Sometimes you need a quick and temporary solution to a problem due to time constraints. Examples that come to mind are putting on a spare tire to get to your following location or using duct tape to fix your glasses. None of these provide a permanent solution, but they accomplish your goal of getting something done quickly.

How to Uninstall MSI Using PowerShell and an RMM

Now and then, you come across the need to remove an application either by doing an MSI Uninstall or EXE uninstall. While you can manually uninstall an application one by one for a small number of computers, if you have multiple computers, from a few to hundreds, it's not practical to visit every machine either in person or remotely, not to mention coordinate time with the end user. You'll need a quick way to uninstall the software, and one of the quickest ways is to use PowerShell. 

Recently, we had a client migrate printers to a new print server from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2019. All their printer mappings on the clients needed to be updated; printer ports and printer names would remain the same, but the print server name would change.

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