Using the vSphere Diagnostic Tool Fling

VMware vCenter does wonders for abstracting away the layers of complexity involved in managing a large virtual infrastructure, but when something goes wrong it can be challenging to find exactly where the problem lies. And it can be even harder to proactively address potential issues before they occur. Fortunately there's a super-handy utility which can making diagnosing vCenter significantly easier, and it comes in the form of the vSphere Diagnostic Tool Fling.

Bulk Import vSphere dvPortGroups to phpIPAM

I recently wrote about getting started with VMware's Tanzu Community Edition and deploying phpIPAM as my first real-world Kubernetes workload. Well I've spent much of my time since then working on a script which would help to populate my phpIPAM instance with a list of networks to monitor. Planning and Exporting The first step in making this work was to figure out which networks I wanted to import. We've got hundreds of different networks in use across our production vSphere environments.

Integrating {php}IPAM with vRealize Automation 8

In a previous post, I described some of the steps I took to stand up a homelab including vRealize Automation (vRA) on an Intel NUC 9. One of my initial goals for that lab was to use it for developing and testing a way for vRA to leverage phpIPAM for static IP assignments. The homelab worked brilliantly for that purpose, and those extra internal networks were a big help when it came to testing.