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Installing the HomeLab – Creating and Configuring an iSCSI Distributed Switch for VMware Multipathing

In an earlier post I configured my Synology DS1513+ Storage server for iSCSI and enabled it for Multi-Pathing, in this post I will show you how to create and configure a vDS (vSphere Distributed Switch) for iSCSI use and how to enable Multipathing to use ...
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HomeLab VMware ESXi Home Server Start to Finish Build and Installation Guide - YouTube 47:56

In this video I assemble, from start to finish, and install the hypervisor on my new home VMware ESXi node.***GOOGLE LOST ALL MY ANNOTATIONS SO THE MENU DOESN'T WORK YET. I'LL GET THIS SORTED ASAP***I am using this as a Windows Server (2012 R2), AirPrint ...
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Three Example HomeLab Storage Designs using SSDs and Spinning Disk

As the price of Solid State Drives (SSDs) continue to plummet, I tend to see more chatter among the Internet tubes that focus on what type of drive to buy in a home lab scenario. The main contenders are consumer grade SSDs, such as the Kingston SSDNow or ...
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Building a HomeLab with ESXi 5.5, VSAN, and Mac Mini Server (6,2) (Part 1 of 3) (Virtual Insanity)

This will be a three part series around my experience building a lab environment utilizing Apple’s Mac Mini with ESXi 5.5 and VMWare VSAN therein.  This first post will focus on my choice of hardware components and supportability topics.  In par ...
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vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 in a homelab, without SSO errors Video 19:44

Does this scenario sound familiar? You install the VMware vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) 5.5 using ‘Deploy OVF Template’, and all seems to go well, quick-and-easy, especially on an SSD datastore. Next, you web your merry way into that initial config ...
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Designing A HomeLab? Here’s My Three Favorite Tips

I’ve had countless conversations with technology enthusiasts and professionals who wish to step into the world of a home lab. Typically, we’ll chat about design, use case, and cost, with a few questions that are often repeated. I’ve been a staunch support ...
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Post VMworld, Upgrading the HomeLab (Virtual Langer)

Well it only took a few days after returning from VMworld 2013 to realize (more like want) I needed more power in my home lab. With all the great tech being offered both by VMware and its partner eco-system I took to NewEgg.com to spec out additional gear ...
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Homelab with vSphere 5.5 and VSAN

This is to give you a quick insight in my 2013 Homelab that is running vSphere 5.5 and has a running version of Virtual SAN (VSAN) in Beta code. This is probably the smallest VSAN implementation you can do without going with a Nested VSAN (Awesome design ...
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HomeLab Build your own VMware vSphere Datacenter in under an hour with the free ESXi 5.5 hypervisor

Do you have an efficient and affordable home “vZilla” system of your own, that’s got some RAM, and a yearning to juggle many operating systems 24×7? Want to tinker with multiple hypervisors, like VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Linux KVM, and Citrix XenSe ...
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Building a Haswell ESXi Server for VSAN HomeLab

For a few years I’ve been occasionally posting home ESXi “server ” builds. The last one I did was for SandyBridge. I have two such hosts, and they’ve been working really well. But after attending VMworld this year in San Francisco and hearing about all th ...
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VMware’s vSAN in the HomeLab

I’ve just begun to check out VMware’s vSAN in the home lab and have been trying not only to learn the ins and outs of it, but figure out where it might fit in my home lab. It is going to be a great new offering from VMware and I can see it really helping ...
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Micro infrastructure server with OpenWRT – part 3 (vReference) Linux HomeLab

This is the third part in a series of three articles describing how I created a basic DNS/DHCP/NTP server for my lab that only uses 24MB RAM and 12MB disk space. Micro infrastructure server with OpenWRT – part 1Micro infrastructure server with OpenWRT – ...
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VMware Horizon View 5.2 HomeLab Installing View Composer Server

It is the successor of my previous blog post on “Setting Up VMware Horizon View 5.2 Home Lab”. There I spoke about different components required to set up View Lab and also discussed on how to set up View Connection Server. Here I will show how to set up ...
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Setting Up VMware Horizon View 5.2 HomeLab (Connection Server)

In this post we will see how to setup VMware Horizon View 5.2 Home Lab. I know many people are out there who are EUC (End User Computing) –VDI Fanboy like me. Some of you may have already experienced some kind of VDI or Application Virtualization like Cit ...
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Cool free tool (not only) for the Homelab: MobaXTerm

I am running quite a few Linux servers in my virtual lab and was always looking for a decent free X11 server software for my virtual Windows desktop that I use for managing the environment. So far I used Xming, but experienced frequent crashes with it

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Homelab Storage Network Speedup with …. Infiniband (ESX Virtualization)

When I first built my homelab few years ago I never thought that one day I’ll be using anything else than 1Gig NICs for storage network. I always thought that the  FC or 10 gigs ethernet technology is out of range most of the individuals and a lot of ...
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USB 3.1, Flash in DRAM slots, NGFF and Thunderbolt 2 are promising for virtualization at homeLab

It tends to take a while for the latest and greatest in consumer tech to sneak its way into the datacenter. Think about USB 3.0, for example. It can allow a small businesses or test lab to implement much more affordable external storage and backup options ...
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Articles & Tutorials: My New Home Lab - HomeLab Rebuild (Part 2)

In part 1 of my series, I described to you what I planned to build for my new home lab and also described my “virtual lab” that I carry around with me for smaller projects. Because travel has been very heavy this year, I haven’t had time to get very far o ...
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Nexenta at homelab

NexentaStore Open Storage appliance is storage system based on Solaris ZFS file system. I decide to change my storage appliance at HomeLab from OpenFiler to NexentaStor Community Edition. On NexentaStor project web page you can find ISO with version 3.1.1 ...
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