Month: July 2021

How to get a VM uuid with the vcenter sphere api 6.7?

I used the following search terms:

  • "get uuid for vcenter vms with vsphere api"
  • "vmware api get vm"
  • "vcenter api get vm with uuid"
  • vcenter api 6.5 6.7 get vm uuid"

API Modernisation

The vSphere API has been modernised as of version 7.0.
If you are on 6.7 and below of vcenter (eg. 6.7.0.48000) then you will still be on the old api.

Check your VSphere api version with on the old api:

GET { vcenter_url }/rest/appliance/system/version

The latest vsphere automation api docs

Query to find anything

https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/04/quickly-finding-objects-using-the-vcloud-api-query-service.html

Sources

Avoid WeFix when repairing your screen

I have used WeFix on 2 Occasions.

It is a decent company and is able to undercut the price paid at the iStore for repairs.
However the repairs can be of a lower quality.

My first experience was at WeFIx Woodmead. My Iphone 7 battery was not charging and was either at 100% or 0%. It would also justr shut off intermittantly.

I booked the day before. Went to the shop the next day and requested the battery replacement and by 5pm thew very same day the battery had been replaced and was working very well.

I expect the inspection to happen by the person who fixed the device, a colleague, supervisor or manager and then finally by me as the customer.

The second experience was not good at all.
I booked my iphone 7 into WeFix Cresta to replace the screen as it had cracked.
I was given a new employee (trainee) when booking in the phone. It is now apparent that the trainee also dealt with the repair of the phone.

Later when collecting the phone - the colours looked slightly off but the phone was working and it seemed alright.

However when I got home and used the phone a bit more I noticed the screen was not flush.
The screen had been applied with a bit of extra space (perhaps that is due to a thicker non-Apple screen?)

When running my finder along the edge of the screen you could feel it was not smooth and was raised.

The worst thing was that the incorrect application of the new screen meant that the screen would do random things and oush the keyboard and various buttons.
In other words the phone at times would be uncontrollable and would reply to messages with gibberish, open apps and just go hay wire.

A terrible experience.

I complained and rated the phone negatively.

I was then asked to go back and they would sort it out...unfortunately I have not gone back yet.
I would have preferred it to be fixed properly and checked by a non-trainee to ensure it was correct.

A poor show by WeFix.

Use WeFix at your own risk. If you want it done right (a bit pricier though) use the Apple Store.

South Africa Fixed LTE: MTN vs Telkom vs Rain

In this post we will look at the fixed LTE options.

Fixed LTE is a method of connecting to the internet - where your router connects with a tower and the medium of data exchange is microwaves in the air. Fibre is a method of connecting to the internet where the medium is glass in a cable. Fibre is more reliable but slightly slower in latency.

Fixed LTE is the best option if Fibre or ADSL is not available in your area and you need a reliable connection.
Fixed LTE is also a good option for renters who do not own the property they live in.

Fixed LTE means that the connection is fixed to the closest tower. You will have to notify them if you change locations.

Note: All providers require a RICA meaning your proof of address and other information they shouldn't need in reality

MTN

MTN has decent coverage and can be found on the MTN coverage page.

When signing up through afrihost it is called Pure LTE (but it is just MTN behind the scenes)

The biggest negative is that you are forced to use 1 of 4 routers - chinese brands: ZTE and Huawei.

MTN also locks you in to a certain location that you cannot change easily.

mtn-chinese-routers

Price

  • 30GB for R200
  • 60GB for R350
  • 100GB for R550
  • 150GB for R750
  • 200GB for R950

Telkom

The telkom coverage map shows pretty decent coverage.

There is no locking of use of a specific router.

Price

  • 30GB for R220
  • 50GB for R320
  • 70GB for R430
  • 90GB for R540
  • 220GB for R1000

Rain

Rain piggybacks off Vodacom which is know to have a poor quality 4G network.

You can check the coverage on rain.co.za

Rain is also known to shape the network - ie. set limits on certain traffic and prevent speeds in excess of 10Mbps.

Price

  • Uncapped (unlimited data) for R479

Summary

All the above options are month-to-month and suitable for renters or people that tend to have fairly long stays at different locations within South Africa.

If you already have an LTE router not on the MTN list then it makes sense to look at Telkom or Rain as options.

Avoid MTN if you can

It is also important to test your area - the congestion or interference in your area may drastically reduce the quality of your connection and affect voice and video conferencing (real time) traffic.

If you want a more in depth pricing comparison look at mybroadband LTE price comparison

Also a note on going direct or not. Going direct with telkom or MTN is not advisable as the experience is not streamlined. Using an ISP like Afrihost or Axxess is advisable.