Lead Systems Engineer, SME, vExpert 2020 - 2022, vExpert Cloud Management 2021
If you can script it, You can Automate it…
VMware vExpert 2020-22 2021

Email: Dale.Hassinger@vCrocs.info
Location: Dillsburg, PA


My current focus is Enterprise Automation, Monitoring and Logging. I am using VMware vRealize Automation and SaltStack Config to complete server builds, software installs, schedule VM snap shots, Microsoft 365 automation, Citrix Management, Automate Data Center Flips, Server Decommissions, and many other Day 2 processes… For monitoring I use vRealize Operations for the “Single Pane of Glass” experience. I also use vRealize Log Insight for logging and LCM (Life Cycle Manager) for installing all the vRealize Products.

Almost all the code I write to complete the Automation that I create is done with PowerShell. The reason I choose to use PowerShell is because to do Automation with VMware products they have released their product PowerCLI, which is built on top of PowerShell. There hasn’t been anything that I wanted to Automate that I haven’t been able to do with PowerShell. To do remote Citrix management also works very well using PowerShell.

I have also started to do Automation with Azure. I am using PowerShell to create VMs and SaltStack Config to complete the configuration management, install software and maintain state.


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I have learned a lot from the vCommunity, Powershell and PowerCLI web sites. I want to use this blog as a way for me to give back. If one person finds anything I post helpful, I will consider my efforts successful.

The code that I have shared I use with vRealize Automation Cloud Templates/Catalog Items and everyday VMware Admin functions. Everyday I learn something new. If I think it should be shared I will write a blog about it. Check back often to see what I am doing next.


I like to do Presentations about the work that I have done with VMware Products. Here are a few presentations that I have done:

  • SaltConf21 - Managing Windows with SaltStack Config
  • VMworld 2021 session: Manage Windows Workloads Through vRealize Automation SaltStack Config [MCL1895]
  • I have done several vRealize Automation Presentations at a VMware HVC (Healthcare Virtualization Community) Events.
  • vBrownbag session for VMworld 2020. vRealize Operations, your monitoring “Single Pane of Glass”.
  • Central PA VMUG presentation. Realize Operations, your monitoring “Single Pane of Glass”
  • VMware Powerblock on vRealize Operations, your monitoring “Single Pane of Glass”
  • PowerBlock Customer Showcase - VM Right Sizing

If any vCommunities are looking for someone to do a presentation please reach out to me. I would be glad to share my experiences.


Thanks:

I have worked with a great group of people at VMware, past and present. I would like to thank the following people for all their support in no particular order: Steve Leiberson, Karl Hauck, Cosmin Trif, Brock Peterson, Kevin Holland, Daniel Thomas, Marcus Roberts, Paul Schlosser.

Special Thanks to David Kruse for getting me started with vRA.

Special Thanks to some past co-workers, SEs, TAMs, HVC Members that I learned a lot from: Kirk Shaffer, Robert Mitchell, Dan Grove, Steve Holmes, Steve Pittenger, Anton Wesztergom (Opened my eyes to vRA Day 2).

List of Bloggers that I follow and have learned a lot by them “Giving Back”: Cody De Arkland, Luc Dekens, Kyle Ruddy, William Lam, Nathen Bennett, Vince Wood, Alan Renouf.

Special Thanks to the person that gave me my first Job in IT: David Cornelius

and anyone else that helped me in my journey called my career…


I like to wear Crocs and I like VMware Products. So what better name than “vCrocs”…

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