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NSX-T Home Lab Series
21/01/2019 | virtualex

Intro I recently upgraded my Home Lab “Datacenter” to support all-flash VSAN and 10Gb networking with the plan to deploy NSX-T so that I can familiarize myself with the solution and use it to better prepare me for the VMware VCP-NV exam certification.  Since this is all brand new to me, I’ve decided that I’ll […]

Create an ESXi 6.7 VM Template
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Disclaimer:  The following is not supported by VMware. Nested virtualization is nothing new, and many of us use it for test or demonstration purposes since they can quickly be stood up or torn down.  William Lam has an ESXi VM which can be downloaded from here, but I wanted to go ahead and create my […]

VMware Software Manager: The Good…The Bad…The Alternative!
07/03/2018 | virtualex

In this post, I am going to discuss a little, “not-so-well-known” utility, called VMware Software Manager.  This little “beast” was first released as v1.0 back on 2015-03-12, and its most current release, v1.5, came out on 2016-08-25.  So as you can see, it’s been quite a while since this tool has seen a new update release.  […]

Install PowerShell and VMware PowerCLI on Ubuntu
04/03/2018 | virtualex

Just a few days ago, PowerShell Core v6.0 was released for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems.  Alongside this release came the release of VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0.78953 which is VMware’s own “PowerShell-like” utility.   In my previous posts (here and here), I covered how to install those on to a macOS 10.13.x “High Sierra” system and […]

Install PowerShell and VMware PowerCLI on CentOS
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Just a few days ago, PowerShell Core v6.0 was released for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems.  Alongside this release came the release of VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0.78953 which is VMware’s own “PowerShell-like” utility.   In my previous post, I covered how to install those on to a macOS 10.13.x “High Sierra” system.  In this post, I […]

Install PowerShell and VMware PowerCLI on macOS
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Just a few days ago, PowerShell Core v6.0 was released for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems.  Alongside this release came the release of VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0.78953 which is VMware’s own “PowerShell-like” utility.  In this post, I am going to show how to install both on to a macOS system.  Let’s get to it! There are […]

Deploy A Virtual Appliance Using PowerCLI
04/02/2018 | virtualex

Hello all and thank you for visiting my blog!  In today’s post, I am going to cover how to deploy a VMware virtual appliance (.ova) using PowerCLI.  “Why?” you asked?  Well, because scripting and automation via PowerCLI is fun and awesome!  Sure, it’s simple enough to deploy an appliance natively within the vSphere Web Client […]

vSphere…Synology…NFS v4.1
31/12/2017 | virtualex

Welcome, and thanks for visiting my blog! In this post, I am going to cover how to enable NFS v4.1 on a Synology device and then mount and NFS v4.1 datastore in VMware vSphere 6.5.  By default, Synology devices support NFS v4 natively, and although they can also support NFS v4.1, it is not enabled.  […]

macOS 10.13 High Sierra on ESXi 6.5
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**NOTE: This is completely for experimental purposes and is unsupported by both Apple and VMware** Hello all!  This is just a quick follow up to my previous guide on running macOS 10.12 Sierra on ESXi 6.x, where I have now successfully updated the VM to macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you simply try to run […]

Fixing A Corrupt Domain Controller – Stop Code 0x00002e2
12/11/2017 | virtualex

Yesterday morning I discovered that my Synology NAS had an unexpected shutdown in the middle of the night while my homelab VMs/workloads were still running.  This caused both of my Domain Controllers databases to become corrupt resulting in being unable to boot those machines.  When attempting to boot them, they would get stuck in a BSOD […]