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Install PowerShell and VMware PowerCLI on CentOS
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 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 […]

Upgrading VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP)
27/03/2017 | virtualex

Having a backup solution is imperative in any IT environment, whether it be Production or a simple Home Lab like I have.  There are many different brands and companies that offer backup solutions, such as Veeam or Nakivo, to name a few.  But I personally like to stick with the VMware product line so that I […]

Deploying OpenVPN on ESXi
12/02/2017 | virtualex

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “What is OpenVPN and what is it used for?”  I know I have!  I currently leverage OpenDNS’s servers in my network, and when I saw that they offer an Open-Source VPN solution, I figured I had to give it a whirl!  While I have used VPN’s before for connecting […]

Create a macOS/OS X VM on VMware ESXi 6.5 & VMware Workstation 12.x
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Create a macOS/OS X VM on VMware ESXi 6.5 & VMware Workstation 12.5.2 Pro   **NOTE: This is completely for experimental purposes and is unsupported by both Apple and VMware** Running a MacOS/ OS X virtual machine is not anything new and has been supported for quite some time, as long as you are running […]

How To: Create A VMFS5 Datastore On A USB Drive
14/08/2016 | virtualex

Create A VMFS5 Datastore On A USB Drive Ever wondered if it was possible to use a USB Drive as a VMFS5 datastore in VMware vSphere 6.0?  I sure know that I have!  Not that I would like to run any VM’s on said datastore, as I’m sure performance would not be optimal, but instead […]