Category: Windows Server

Automate VMware VM Deployment – Template creation with Packer

Automation is something that I have tried to incorporate as much as possible within my solutions.  The benefits are obvious and often the work behind it is the most interesting, even if it ends up being just a few lines of PowerShell.  Infrastructure as Code is one of the areas I have had on my to-do list for a while and I have finally started dipping my toe into it this year. I’ve discussed previously how I like to handle deploying appliances and VMs using PowerCLI and an existing VM template but I want to take that a stage further...


Windows 2008 End of Support – VM report

So hopefully everyone has already long dealt with the upcoming end of support date for Windows 2008 as detailed by MS here right? Paying for extended support might be an option at this late stage but good to know exactly what you are dealing with. I have used the following powercli code to query all vCenters for a report on 2008/2008r2 VMs to identify any stragglers or virtual servers that app owners have been too busy to update or mitigate. Change the variables to suit your environment and comment out the filter (highlighted lines below) if you want to use...