In The Bag #5 – Week 48

Welcome to the fifth edition of In The Bag!

Photo by Joshua Earle
Photo by Joshua Earle

In The Bag #5 – Week 48

Technology

  • Send a Tweet Directly from a VMware ESXi Host
    Admittedly sending Tweets from an ESXi hosts doesn’t really make much sense, but as an example of how to use the new Script Bundle feature in Auto Deploy for vSphere 6.5 it’s pretty cool — Kudos Eric Gray
  • OPBOT – Connect VMware vSphere and Slack
    Ok, this is right up my alley. Opvizor has created what they call a Virtual Assistant for vSphere. Basically this is an appliance you deploy in your environment (stripped down Debian), which lets you connect your Slack channel to your vSphere environment and then lets you issue (read only) commands to it.
  • Quick Look – vSphere 6.5 Storage Space Reclamation
    Anthony Spiteri wrote this most excellent guide to how UNMAP works in vSphere 6.5. Once in a while (honestly, more often than you would think) someone beats me to posting something, and this is one of those times. Very glad to see automated UNMAP being re-introduced in 6.5.
  • Predictive DRS Walk Through
    Another awesome feature made possible by the combination of vSphere 6.5 and vRealize Operations 6.4. Have a look at the video, it explains it all.
  • Getting Started with vRealize Automation 7
    Eric Shanks has a new course available on Pluralsight. I’ve had a quick look at this one, and it looks awesome. Definitely bookmarked for later!
  • Amazon Re:Invent New Products and Services
    Wow, lots and lots of new interesting AWS things to play with. To be honest I haven’t looked at it all yet, but this is quite the list.

Other

That’s it for this week, a new one is in the works for next Friday.

In The Bag #4 – Week 47

Welcome to the fourth edition of In The Bag!

Photo by Sonny Abesamis

In The Bag #4 – Week 47

Technology

Other

 

Special

This week I’ve decided to add a new section. This “Special” section will some times pop up, pretty randomly, if there is something in particular that caught my attention this week. Safe to say, this week there was.

Lars Trøen, one of the longest “serving” vExperts, fellow Norwegian and all-around good guy recorded a video expressing his undying love for VMware Workstation.

So here he is, in all his glory:

 

That’s it for this week, a new one is in the works for next friday

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Software Recommendation: macOS: Spectacle

Working with the keyboard to move resize, focus and arrange your applications is a great productivity tip. When I changed from Windows to macOS a few years ago, I had a pretty convoluted setup based on Slate for managing keyboard shortcuts, especially for moving applications around, but this has since been simplified by using Spectacle instead of Slate.

Spectacle has everything I need, especially keyboard shortcuts for maximising an application, of “flinging” it over to another display.

Spectacle is free and comes highly recommended, give it a try!

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