Large Text File Problem – PowerShell To The Rescue

I came across a server today that was running low on disk space for the OS C:\ partition. It only took a moment to find a TXT file on the root of the drive that was around 40GB in size. It goes without saying that there was no hope of Notepad opening the file to … Read more Large Text File Problem – PowerShell To The Rescue

VMware Workstation and Hyper-V Future Compatibility

For a long time I’ve used both Hyper-V and VMware Workstation to provide virtualisation capabilities on both my desktop and laptop. With Windows 10 there were good security reasons to enable Hyper-V (Virtualisation Based Security, Credential Guard, Device Guard, etc) facilitating a hardened platform more resistant to attack. The challenge with doing so is that … Read more VMware Workstation and Hyper-V Future Compatibility

Get Windows Firmware Embedded Activation Key

Firmware-embedded activation keys have become the standard method for OEM providers to deliver license keys on devices. Gone are the days of a Microsoft label stuck on the device with a license code that may come off or degrade over time. We now have a product key stored in the device firmware which allows it … Read more Get Windows Firmware Embedded Activation Key

Identify SQL Table Disk Space Usage

I recently came across an issue where one of our database servers had exhausted it’s drive space and the application had failed due to this. In this instance, it happened to be a server running one of our SolarWinds monitoring databases. We had recently extended the disk space by 50GB and this was consumed in … Read more Identify SQL Table Disk Space Usage

VMware vCenter – Another Task Is Already In Progress

If you’ve ever tried to execute a task in vCenter only to be told that another task is already in progress but you can’t see it then this post may be of use to you. In this example I tried to initiate a removal of all snapshots against a target virtual machine – vCenter then … Read more VMware vCenter – Another Task Is Already In Progress

TechUG April 2019

Another year, another TechUG event to talk at – yay! For those who attended my TechUG presentation – thank you. Below you will find links to download my presentation along with additional references which you may find useful and informative. Please note the slides are meant as talking points and do not necessarily include all … Read more TechUG April 2019

Synology Active Backup For Business – VMware Lab Protection

I have a Synology NAS at home which is used for both my home lab and general NAS purposes (file shares, Plex, etc). I recently setup the ‘Active Backup For Business’ (ABfB) package on my Synology as I wanted to try out the backup function for my VMware lab. Excitingly for me the ABfB package … Read more Synology Active Backup For Business – VMware Lab Protection

VMware TestDrive

I recently received an e-mail as part of my VMware User Group Advantage (VMUG) membership informing me about a new VMware service named ‘TestDrive’. I will provide information below taken from the e-mail invitation and from the website itself – https://portal.vmtestdrive.com/ TestDrive provides VMware customers, partners, employees, and VMUG Advantage members the opportunity to explore … Read more VMware TestDrive

vSAN host cannot be moved to the destination cluster: vSAN cluster UUID mismatch

This is a very quick post regarding the error message received below when attempting to add a VMware ESXi host with an existing vSAN partition to a new vCenter.

In my case the complete error is as follows –

I forgot I had added the host to a previous vCenter and configured vSAN … Read more vSAN host cannot be moved to the destination cluster: vSAN cluster UUID mismatch