Update: Trigger a User event from the VCSA command line

Disclaimer: This is not officially supported by VMware, please use at your own risk.

Recently I faced the challenge with a script running on a VCSA which executes some checks and in case something gets detected it has to trigger a vCenter alarm.

My solution is to log a user event which will be captured by an vCenter alert definition.

1. vCenter alert definition

as trigger manually enter (type): vim.event.GeneralUserEvent

2. The script which will log the user event



import sys
sys.path.insert(0, '/usr/lib/vmware/site-packages/')
from pyVim.connect import SmartConnect
from pyVmomi import vim
import ssl
import atexit

username = 'administrator@vsphere.local'
password = 'VMware1!'

v = sys.version_info

        if sys.version_info[1] <7 or v.minor < 7:
                si = SmartConnect(host="localhost", user=username, pwd=password)
                content = si.RetrieveContent()
                ds = content.rootFolder
                log = si.content.eventManager.LogUserEvent(entity=ds, msg="Postgres Corruption detected")
                s = ssl.SSLContext(ssl.PROTOCOL_TLS)
                s.verify_mode = ssl.CERT_NONE
                si = SmartConnect(host="localhost", user=username, pwd=password, sslContext=s)
                content = si.RetrieveContent()
                ds = content.rootFolder
                log = si.content.eventManager.LogUserEvent(entity=ds, msg="Postgres Corruption detected")
        print("Unexpected error:", sys.exc_info()[0])


The resulting alert can be catched by vROPs and trigger further events/ tickets.…

vROps log bundle automation Part 1

In my role as an onsite GSS Senior TSE at a large VMware customer in Germany I have to collect vROPs log bundles multiple times a week. As this is time consuming manual process I have created a script in my spare-time which fully automates this task.
The script triggers the creation of a log bundle using the CASA API, checks the status of the creation and download the log bundle when it is ready. After successful download it will automatically upload the bundle to sftpsite.vmware.com in the corresponding SR folder.

The script is avialable in my Gogs: vrops-support-bundle

Disclaimer: This is not officially supported by VMware, please use at your own risk.

Steps how to use the script:

Setup an Linux virtual machine as host for the script. A machine with 1 vCPU, 2GB Memory and 100Gb storage is sufficient. The storage can be smaller it really depends on …

Lenovo ix4-300d SSH, root home directory and cronjobs

Couple of weeks ago I got my hands on 3 Lenovo ix4-300d storage boxes. These boxes are no longer produced and sometimes you can get them really cheap. First I had plans to use them as iSCSI storage for my home lab but the performance is not good enough. Therefore I decided to play around with one of the boxes to see what is possible.

I started searching in google about SSH access. Outcome was great blog post which contained a how to enable SSH.

Steven Breuls SSH access ix4-300d

In short just access this page http://[NAS IP]/manage/diagnostics.html and you can enable SSH and set a password for root.


Username : root
Password : soho + password (if password = VMware ==sohoVMware )

As soon as you have successfully logged in you can change the password by simply running passwd like on any other linux. Afterwards the soho …

Get all guest IPs of all your Virtual Machines using Powershell

This is a small powershell script to get all Guest IPs from all virtual machines

Connect-VIServer -Server $VCENTER

$vms = Get-VM | Sort

$file = "c:\ip_list.txt"

foreach ($vm in $vms){
	foreach($ip in $vm.Guest.IpAddress){
		Write-Host "$vm $ip"
		"$vm $ip" | Out-File -FilePath $file -Append



Disconnect-VIServer -Server $VCENTER -Confirm:$false -Force:$true

Upload file to webdav using Powershell

This is small powershell script to upload a file from your local disk to a webdav server. It is also proxy capable.

#Complete path of the file to be uploaded
$file = "d:\test_file.txt"
#URL without the last "/"
$url  = "https://YOUR-SERVER/webdav"
$proxy = "http=PROXY-SERVER:PORT"  
#User and Pwd for Webdav Access
$user = "USERNAME"
$pass = "PASSWORD"
$url += "/" + $file.split('\')[(($file.split("\")).count - 1)]

# Set binary file type
Set-Variable -name adFileTypeBinary -value 1 -option Constant 
$objADOStream = New-Object -ComObject ADODB.Stream
$objADOStream.Type = $adFileTypeBinary
$buffer = $objADOStream.Read()
$objXMLHTTP = New-Object -ComObject MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP
$objXMLHTTP.setProxy(2, $proxy,"")
$objXMLHTTP.Open("PUT", $url, $False, $user, $pass)

Monitor System Logs with Logwatch

I’m using the tool Logwatch to get a daily log report from all my servers by email.

Install Logwatch:

apt-get update
apt-get install logwatch

Config file:


To simplify the access to the config file I use a symlink.

cd /etc/logwatch
ln -s /usr/share/logwatch/default.conf/logwatch.conf

Configuration (parameters which I have changed):

#Output = stdout
Output = mail
#To make Html the default formatting Format = html
Format = html


crontab -e
30 0 * * * /usr/sbin/logwatch

Based on this configuration you will receive a nice daily overview report.…

Collect ESXi stats with powershell and send it to Graphite server

I was not quite happy with the statistics from the vCenter. It is not possible to get an overview overall my ESXi servers. 🙁 Someone pointed me to the tool Graphite that this is a cool solution to visualize such kind of statistics. So I decided to give it a try.

I created and virtual machine running Centos and Graphite as target for my collected statistics. I will post an How to later.

Furthermore I had to create an powershell script which collects the stats of each ESXi in my cluster, transform it a graphite compatible format and transfer it to the graphite server.

#vCenter settings
$vCenter = "VCENTER-IP"
$user = "USERNAME"
$password = "PASSWORD"
$cluster = "YOUR-CLUSTER"
#Graphite server 
$remoteHost = "GRAPHITE-SERVER-IP"

#Socket to send results to Graphite server	 
$socket = new-object System.Net.Sockets.TcpClient($remoteHost, 2003)
$stream = $socket.GetStream()
$writer = new-object System.IO.StreamWriter $stream

Write-Host "Connected"
#Connect to vCenter
Connect-VIServer -Server