Setting the Windows Terminal Tab to vCenter Name with PowerShell

Quick one. Today, I was working on some PowerShell using one of my favorite new Windows tools, Windows Terminal.

I’ve written about it a bit in the recent past:

I often will connect to multiple vCenters, but even more frequently will have multiple vCenters connected but in separate sessions or tabs:

Four tabs, four vCenters. And I never clicked on the one I meant to be cause they were all called PowerShell. In a fairly recent release, Windows terminal added the option to rename the tabs:

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Deploying VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid with Pure Storage vVols Part I: Deploy TKG on vSphere

This is the start of a multi-part series (how many parts? I have no idea). But let’s start at the basics–getting TKG deployed on vSphere.

Prepare Environment

So the first step is to download the two OVAs required:

The HA proxy and the photon appliance itself. Download the latest:

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What’s New in Purity 6.0: Tagging

Ah yes. Tagging. The one above them all. A simple feature, but nonetheless powerful.

We have actually had tagging in Purity for quite some time. But it was hidden–we initially used it only for Virtual Volume metadata. Though there are a ton of use cases for tags beyond vVols–use cases I know customers need, and use cases that I need.

So in Purity 6.0 we added tagging–the ability to assign key value tags to a volume or a snapshot. As of Purity 6.0, these tags are available in the CLI or the REST API–GUI support is upcoming. For this post I will walk through using the CLI to demonstrate the tags, stay tuned for information on using the REST and specific scripting tools.

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PowerShell Authentication with FlashArray REST 2.x

Purity 6.0 ships with a new REST version 2.2. 2.2 includes the endpoints to manage ActiveDR processes (demote/promote), tagging (more on that in a later post) and more.

REST 2.x is a new major release of our REST API that changes the underlying structure of the API, the endpoints, authentication, queries, etc. Our current PowerShell SDK uses REST 1.x (which is changing) but for folks who might want to write their own PowerShell against REST, or starting using it now–here is some help.

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What’s New in Purity 6.0: ActiveDR

I have already posted about ActiveDR briefly here:

I wanted to go into more detail on ActiveDR (and more) in a “What’s New” series. One of the flagship features of the Purity 6.0 release is what we call ActiveDR. ActiveDR is a continuous replication feature–meaning it sends the new data over to the secondary array as quickly as it can–it does not wait for an interval to replicate.

For the TL;DR, here is a video tech preview demo of the upcoming SRM integration as well as setup of ActiveDR itself

But ActiveDR is much more than just data replication is protects your storage environment. Let me explain what that means.

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