Powershell – Provision NetApp Volume as NFS Datastore to vCenter

powercli-iconFor anyone that’s ever been through the process of provisioning a new datastore to multiple ESX hosts, you know it can take some time. Below are the steps I use

  1. Create Volume on NetApp
  2. Set Security Style to Unix
  3. Enable Storage Efficiency
  4. Set NFS Export permissions to allow Read/Write + Root Permissions to all applicable hosts
  5. Mount datastores on ESXi hosts

For a handful of hosts this is fine, but adding it to anything more than 4-5 hosts is reaaally painful in my experience. Below is a script you can use to take care of these steps in one swipe.

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Horizon Workspace – Offline Upgrade – v1.5 to v1.8

horizon-3After upgrading several different environments to Horizon Workspace 1.8, it’s become clear to me that the “offline upgrade” feature is something that should be used whenever possible. Maybe it’s just the environments I’ve worked in, but going from 1.5 to 1.8 takes much much longer than going from 1.0-1.5. This guide is intended to help you accomplish an offline upgrade from 1.5 to 1.8, while having a plan to restore to 1.5 in case of a failure. This is the fastest process I have found to perform the upgrade. Even with these measures, I’d plan on getting a 4-5 hour outage window for a production environment (2 connector, service, gateway, data virtual appliances)

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