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in Home-Lab - 01 Feb, 2017
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In the previous post we discuss the upgrade process for the vCenter appliance, in this post we will continue to update the lab to vsphere6.5 by upgrading the hosts. This process can be fully automated via VUM but i will like to take the manual route. Step 1: The first step is to upload the […]

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in Home-Lab - 30 Jan, 2017
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Since vSphere 6.5 is now GA, i decided to update my lab and provide a step by step guide for the upgrade. In this post i will discuss the vCenter appliance upgrade first and then i will create another post for upgrading the hosts in the lab. Prerequisites : Before you start the upgrade please read […]

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in Storage - 24 Nov, 2016
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This post is a continuation of Storage Calculation – Part 2; in this post we are going to talk about how we calculate storage throughput and datastore sizing for your design. Note: This post will show basic calculations and will not take into account caching and tiering technologies Calculating throughput: In the previous post we discussed […]

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in Storage - 21 Nov, 2016
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This post is a continuation of Storage calculation part 1; in this post we are going to talk about disk types and how we calculate IOPS and Disks for your Design Note: This post will show basic calculations and will not take into account caching and tiering technologies Disks types Now that we’ve covered the […]

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in Storage - 30 Sep, 2016
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I will like to start a series of posts regrading VCAP design storage calculation and performance. we will start with the basics and build on it to more advanced topics. Raid levels: RAID – Redundant Array of In Depended Disks , RAID technology is a combination of in depended disks to form redundancy or create […]

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in Troubleshooting - 31 Aug, 2016
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While installing the new Replication appliance (6.1.1.13216) in my lab i encounter the following error : “Connection to the remote resource was lost. Check your network connection”   Solution: Make sure that the machine you access web client can resolve vCenter/PSC DNS name you can configure the windows host file to solve this issue another solution […]

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in Home-Lab - 15 Aug, 2016
by mordi - 4 comments

When i was practicing for my VCP and VCAP Deploy I mainly used VMware workstation as a home lab. I used my Desktop PC which included Intel core i5, 32GB for RAM , One 512 SSD and 1TB of HDD. When i needed to practice backup, replication, multiple PSC’s and multiple VC’s my biggest constrain was […]

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in VCAP6 - Design - 01 Aug, 2016
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Until i get my VCAP6 – Deploy beta exam results, I decided to create a plan for my next step. The next step will be to take the VCAP6 – Design exam which is now GA My plan is use the following resources: Designing VMware Infrastructure Pluralsight course by Scott Lowe ,This is a 2012 course […]

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in VCAP6-DCV Deploy - 17 Jul, 2016
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So i decided to take the beta exam and give it a try. This is my first VCAP exam so I wanted to find out the cheap way what is all about. The interface is similar to VMware HOL so make sure you practice at least one lab so you get familiar with it.  You’ve […]

in VCAP6-DCV Deploy - 02 Jul, 2016
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In this section we are going to cover “Harden a vSphere 6.x Deployment” Here are the objective from the blueprint : Enable and configure ESXi Lockdown mode (Strict / Normal) Configure a user on the Lockdown Mode Exception Users list Customize SSH settings for increased security Enable strong passwords and configure password policies Configure vSphere hardening […]

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