This Week In Scott 2011-10-23

On Monday, Billie and I taped the Candidates Forum for the open Midland Public Schools Board of Education. It was fairly boring but if you’re interested it can be found here: mms://vod.mps.k12.mi.us/340-120111017SchoolBoardCandidatesForum.wmv

Stephanie and I had a little dinner party that Sissy, Mike and Mary showed up to. We invited other people but they were busy. 🙁

On Sunday, Josh, Billie, and I went to Cadillac for an eleven hour Geocaching session. We found fifty Geocaches:

50 geocaches

50 geocaches

I had hoped that this would push me past 400 but I was nine short:
391 total

What To Do, What To Do?

I’ve finally determined what I’m doing with this blog.

After thinking about it for a while I realized that blogs are really helpful when they pick a single item of interest and STICK to it. So from now on I’m only going to post information about what I’m doing and things I’ve done. I’m working on breaking the more technical pieces off onto it’s own site (which will eat away at all of random Google visitors but oh well).

Talk to you soon.

Scripting a DRS Replacement Using PowerCLI

One of the things that I LOVED about having an evaluation copy of vCenter (other than Storage vMotion) is the use of Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). I loved the fact that I could let my VMs live on their own and vCenter would intelligently balance the load across all the VM hosts (and shut them down if they weren’t needed). When I finally had to move from the eval mode to a licensed server I felt a little let down because some of my VM hosts would be at 30% memory utilization while others would be at 70% memory utilization. Maybe it’s just me but that seems like a real waste of resources. 🙂

I recently found out it’s really bad when you need to power off a host for maintenance and then need to move the VMs back to the original host. To make my life a lot easier I created the following script. It balances memory usage across all the hosts to about 10% of the average. I also make certain specific VMs always placed on certain hosts (my vCenter server is always on the first host and my SQL servers are always on different hosts). This feature is enabled if a CSV is located in the same directory as the script (named balanced.csv) with a Name column and a host column that have the name of the VM and the host it should be placed on respectively. The script assumes you already have a connection to your vCenter server (using Connect-VIServer).
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Organizing Holiday Cookie Baking

Every year I like to make something for my loved ones and friends for Christmas. Usually, it’s just cookies but I make six or seven batches of different cookies (Molasse, Sugar, Thumb Print, etc.) so there are a lot of ingredients both in the number of different ingredients and quantity of ingredients (it’s amazing how fast you can use up a bag of flower 🙂 ). The downside to this type of large scale baking is that it’s very easy to forget something and need to make multiple trips to the already crowded grocery stores. The other problem is overestimating items or buying stuff that you already have. My goal for this year was to come up with a system that would keep me from having these problems.
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