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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

in Active Directory - 01 Jul, 2016
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In this post i will install Microsoft Certificate Authority Services on my domain controller in preparation for Objective 8.2 Here are the steps: In server manager add the Active Directory Certificate tools Choose the Certificate Authority and Certificate Authority Web Enrollment Follow the wizard and click install (you can close the installation window) Click on the yellow […]

in emc - 24 May, 2016
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I was looking a way to practice vVOL in my home lab so a quick google search got me to EMC Unity-VSA. So if you like to practice vVOL with me here are the steps i took to install EMC UnityVSA: Download the appliance from EMC website , you will need to register https://community.emc.com/community/products/unity   After the download […]

in blueprint - 24 Jan, 2016
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For the next objective we will need to setup a lab for Replication since i am using VMware workstation on my desktop and i only have limited resources i needed to find a workaround to make it work (So much fun :-)) So i put my thinking hat on and i came out with the […]

in Home-Lab - 01 Jan, 2016
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So we finish the networking part of the blue print and now we are going to get into the storage part. To be prepared i will need to install iSCSI datastore in addition to the NFS datastore that we already created in previous post .(In this post i am assuming you already have the networking […]

in Home-Lab - 30 Dec, 2015
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At this point of my learning i will like to remove all vSS and use only vDS. i will like to migrate first my storage network and than i will migrate my management network . The plan:(Per vDS) Create a new  Switch with new DPortGroup Add hosts to the Switch i also make sure to […]

in Active Directory - 23 Dec, 2015
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As part of continuing building my lab environment to prepare for the VCP6-DCV blue print i need to join my vCenter to the active directory The following are the steps to join to active directory: From vCenter >> Administration >> System configuration >> Nodes >> vcenter.vsphere@lab.local >> manage >> Active directory >> click on Join […]

in Home-Lab - 22 Dec, 2015
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In the previous post (http://vpentathlon.com/preparing-the-lab-environment-for-nfs-datastore-config-of-msft-nfs-services-and-vmware-vswitch/) I configured the vSphere environment to support my storage network and storage server (Windows2012R2), now all we have to do is create new datastore and attached them all host in the datacenter. here are the steps: From vCenter go to esxi0 >> related objects >> datastore >> click on the new datastore […]