Home Lab Update

Home-Lab
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 the RAM and i had to shuffle VMs and hosts around. So I finally decided to get some dedicated Hardware so i can continue to study. My home lab now include the following: One Dell PowerEdge T130 One Cisco SG-300-10 One Netgear ReadyNAS 202 Dell PowerEdge T130 Configuration: Processor: 1 Intel® Xeon® E3-1220 v5 3.0GHz, 8M cache, RAM: 64GB UDIMM,2133MT/s,ECC780-BBWS HDDs: 2X 500GB 7.2k RPM SATA 6Gbps Networking:On-Board LOM 1GBE Dual Port Management:iDrac8, Basic with Dedicated NIC Cisco SG-300-10…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 8.2 – Part 1

SSL Certificate, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this section we are going to cover "Manage SSL certificates" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Configure and manage VMware Certificate Authority Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (ADCS,DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Security Guide VMware KB 2112016 Configure and manage VMware Certificate Authority: In vSphere 6.0 and later, the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) provisions your environment with certificates. This includes machine SSL certificates for secure connections, solution user certificates for authentication to vCenter Single Sign-On, and certificates for ESXi hosts that are added to vCenter Server. The following certificates are in use. [caption id="attachment_1806" align="alignnone" width="943"] Source: VMware security guide[/caption] There are many variation of how to configure VMCA , i choose to configure VMCA as a…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 8.1

Permissions, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vSphere Security
We are now in the eighth and last section of the blueprint ,In this section we are going to cover "Manage authentication and end-user security" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Add/Edit Remove users on an ESXi host Configure vCenter Roles and Permissions according to a deployment plan Configure and manage Active Directory integration Enable and configure an ESXI Pass Phrase Disable the Managed Object Browser (MOB) to reduce attack surface Analyze logs for security-related messages Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vCenter Server and Host Management Guide v6.0 vSphere Security Guide v6.0 VMware vSphere vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide   Add/Edit Remove users on an ESXi host: For this task we will need to connect…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.3

backup and restore, OVA, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
In this section we are going to cover "Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Backup and restore distributed switch configurations Backup and restore resource pool configurations Export Virtual Machines to OVA/OVF format Use a Host profile to recover an ESXi host configuration Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Networking vSphere Resource Management Guide vSphere Virtual Machine Administration vSphere Host Profiles Backup and restore distributed switch configurations: The following are the steps to backup and restore vDS: Export the vDS configuration Choose Distributed switch and all port groups Click yes and provide a location for the zip file. To restore the configuration i used a different vCenter. Right click on…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 5.3

study guide, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this section we are going to cover "Manage and analyze vSphere log files" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Generate vSphere log bundles Configure logging levels for vSphere Configure and test centralized logging Analyze log entries to obtain configuration information Analyze log entries to identify and resolve issues Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Management workstation (Windows OS)  Documents used: vSphere Host Profiles v6.0 Generate vSphere log bundles: To generate support bundle login in to the vCSA under port 5480 with root user and click on create support bundle Or you can do it from vCenter , from the Home screen >> Administration >> System Configuration >> Objects >> Action Or you can do it via the CLI…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 4.2

blueprint, DPM, DRS, EVC, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In the following post we are going to discuss how we Implement and Manage Complex DRS solutions The following are objectives from the blueprint : Configure DPM, including appropriate DPM threshold Create DRS and DPM alarms Configure / Modify EVC mode on an existing DRS cluster Configure applicable power management settings for ESXi hosts Configure DRS cluster for efficient/optimal load distribution Properly apply virtual machine automation levels based upon application requirements Administer DRS / Storage DRS Create DRS / Storage DRS affinity and anti-affinity rules Configure advanced DRS / Storage DRS settings Configure and Manage vMotion / Storage vMotion Create and manage advanced resource pool configurations   Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed esx1 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere 6.0…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 2

iSCSI Datastore, Storage, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this post we will continue to discuss Implementing Complex Storage Solutions here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Create / Configure multiple VMkernels for use with iSCSI port binding LUN masking using PSA-related commands Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support iSCSI ( i am using Netgear ReadyNAS 202)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Create / Configure multiple VMkernels for use with iSCSI port binding: To create ISCSI port binding i did the following in my lab: Create a LUN on my storage device Used VMware iSCSI software initiator to configure the target IP. Create a VMFS volume Configure additional VMkernel Configure VMware iSCSI port binding and…
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