About Dale Hassinger

About Dale Hassinger

Automation Engineer III | VMware vExpert 2020 - 2022 | VMware vExpert Cloud Management 2021 - 2022

If you can script it, You can Automate it!


My current focus is Enterprise Automation, Monitoring and Logging. I have created an IaC (Infrastructure as Code) Environment. 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.

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.

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, Eric Pennente.

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

Special Thanks to some past and present 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), Ryan Palmer, Megan Koss.

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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vCommunity

VMware vExpert

2020 - 2022

VMware vExpert | Cloud Management

2021

SaltConf Session

2021 | Managing Windows with SaltStack Config

VMworld Session

2021 | Manage Windows Workloads Through vRealize Automation SaltStack Config [MCL1895]

VMware PowerBlock

2021 | Customer Showcase - VM Right Sizing

VMware PowerBlock

2020 | vRealize Operations, your monitoring “Single Pane of Glass”

vBrownbag session for VMworld

2020 | vRealize Operations, your monitoring “Single Pane of Glass

Products that I Blog About

  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware vCenter
  • vRealize Automation
  • vRealize SaltStack Config
  • vRealize Operations
  • PowerShell
  • PowerCLI
  • vRealize Log Insight
  • Windows Servers
  • Linux Servers