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How to Build a VMware vSphere 6 Home Lab: Host Options

For part 2 of our series, we will assess host options for a VMware home lab. Here are 3 solid options, their pros and cons and what you'll need to set up! Read the post here: How to Build a VMware vSphere 6 Home Lab: Host Options … [Read more...]

These vSphere Configurations Will Slow Down Your VMs

Most VMware admins add the requested CPU and Memory when setting up VMs and go along their merry way. But the better ones know there is more to it than that Read the post here: These vSphere Configurations Will Slow Down Your VMs … [Read more...]

How to Upgrade VCSA to vCenter 6.7: A Visual Guide

vSphere 6.7 is out and it's time to upgrade to vCenter Appliance 6.7. Here's how plus some things not mentioned in the installation wizard Read the post here: How to Upgrade VCSA to vCenter 6.7: A Visual Guide … [Read more...]

Bare Metal Deployment of ESXi on HP Proliant Hardware: Part 3

Part 3 of our ESXi on HP Proliant series is where all the magic happens. We will customize the deployment script [included here] and finally give it a run. Read the post here: Bare Metal Deployment of ESXi on HP Proliant Hardware: Part 3 … [Read more...]

Bare Metal Deployment of ESXi on HP Proliant Hardware: Part 3

Part 3 of our ESXi on HP Proliant series is where all the magic happens. We will customize the deployment script [included here] and finally give it a run. Read the post here: Bare Metal Deployment of ESXi on HP Proliant Hardware: Part 3 … [Read more...]

Bare Metal Deployment of ESXi on HP Proliant Hardware: Part 2

 In Part 1 of this series, we went over the workflow of the bare metal deployment process as well as created a web server to host our ISOs. We also got a jump on downloading the latest HP Proliant Support Pack and installed the HP iLO PowerShell cmdlets. Now we are going to build our RAID configuration ISOs and our ESXi install ISO. Let’s get started! How Does the Automated RAID … [Read more...]

How to Configure ESXi Unattended Installations: Part 2

In part 2 of our guide to scripted ESXi deployments, we automate the ESXi install by configuring our ISO to automatically look for the kickstart script Read the post here: How to Configure ESXi Unattended Installations: Part 2 … [Read more...]

How to Configure ESXi Unattended Installations: Part 1

Automating your ESXi builds is a great way of gaining efficiency and standardization. In part 1 of 2 we create the kickstart file and test it on an ESXi deployment Read the post here: How to Configure ESXi Unattended Installations: Part 1 … [Read more...]

Starting out with VMware? 6 Things I Would Have Wanted To Know

This post is going to explain and cover a few things I WISH I had known when I started. Some cold hard truths. Lessons I have learned over the years! The fact is, sometimes you learn by fire. You set a fire and learn how to put it out. Read the post here: Starting out with VMware? 6 Things I Would Have Wanted To Know … [Read more...]

How to create vSphere VMs with RDM disks

What are RDM disks and how why do we need them? This guide explains why using RDM disks makes sense for creating vSphere VMs in certain situations as well as a simple walkthough in how to use them in practice. Read the post here: How to create vSphere VMs with RDM disks … [Read more...]