Joining vCenter to my active directory lab

Active Directory, Home-Lab, VCP6-DCV
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 Fill in your Domain name username and password Restart vCenter From vCenter >>Administration >> configuration click on the + sign to add new identity source Choose Active directory(integrated windows Authentication) and click OK. Verify that you connected to the Active Directory    
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Adding NFS Datastore to my lab

Home-Lab, NFS Datastore, VCP6-DCV
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 icon Choose the type NFS Choose NFSv3 Name the datastore and configured the path and IP Click finish Right click on the new NFS datastore and click "mount Datastore to additional hosts Choose all additional hosts and click OK. Verify that all hosts in the cluster can see the newly created Datastore via vcenter. Verify that all hosts in the cluster can see the newly created Datastore via CLI (just for UNIX geeks :-))   Below are Screenshots for…
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Preparing the lab environment for NFS datastore – Config of MSFT NFS services and VMware vSwitch

Home-Lab, NFS Datastore, VCP6-DCV
Before we stating creating new virtual machine , i will like to setup an NFS Datastore for my lab using Microsoft 2012R2 server and use my 1TB for it so i can save some space on my SSD drive.In the future i will explore more NFS option such as FreeNas EMC storage and more but for now i will stick to the Microsoft server. Here are the step i took to configure Micorsoft NFS services and VMware vSwitch Setting the Microsoft server For NFS services: On the Micorosoft server add a new role, choose File and iSCSI Services and than choose Server for NFS. add a new 100GB disk to my Microsoft server via VMware workstation (Optional) from Server manager File and Storage services >> Volume >> Disk bring the new…
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My VCP6-DCV Home Lab

Home-Lab, VCP6-DCV
Physical Hardware or nested ESXi... that is the question. So after thinking about it for a long time, I decided that for my home lab, I will be using the less expensive lab configuration instead of investing over $2.5k in hardware. I will be using my home desktop with VMware Workstation to run my lab. My home desktop has a good spec for the lab that I am going to build: Intel four cores I5-4690K @3.50GHz 32 GB of RAM 512 GB SSD as a boot disk 1 TB 7.2K RPM additional storage   The lab design will include the following: Vmware Workstation will be installed on my local PC Winodws 2012R2 - Runs as virtual machine ESXi0 -Runs as virtual machine ESXi1 -Runs as virtual machine ESXi2-Runs as virtual machine vCenter…
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So what’s next….

VCP6-DCV
So I got my VCA6-DCV out of the way and now I need to get ready for the second vPentathlon event, the VMware VCP6-DCV! To be able to take and pass the exam I need to study hard and take the recommended VMware course (it's actually mandatory), create a lab at home for practice, then practice, practice, practice, and take the exam. So to prepare for all this I got the following two books : Mastering VMware vSphere 6 by Nick Marshall Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0 (this is the book that I used for my VCP5-DCV but I need a refresher and what's not included in the book is VVOL's) Also, I am planning to get an account with pluralsight (https://www.pluralsight.com/) to get some video instructions. After I am done…
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