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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.  […]

Homelab Makeover 2.0
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Hello and first off, thank so much for visiting my blog!  If you have followed any part of my “Homelab” series, you will be familiar with the components that make up my home “Datacenter”.  If not, take some time to catch up on those posts! In this post, I am quickly going to cover my lab […]

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 […]

Achievement Unlocked! VCP6-DCV!
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This is an extremely long overdue post, but I have had such a busy year that I really haven’t been able to find much time to write and publish material that I have been meaning to get out.  So, as I attempt to get back into the groove, I wanted to publish this quick post […]

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 […]

Home Lab 2017 – Part 1 (Network and Lab Overhaul)
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For the last 6+ months, I haven’t had much time to dedicate to my home lab and overall home network.  Between holidays, transitioning to a new employer/role, and everyday life getting in the way, I found that I had to put everything on the back burner for a bit…so I inevitably shutdown by home lab. […]

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 […]

Achievement Unlocked! vExpert 2017!
08/02/2017 | virtualex

Earlier today, I got the notification and I am honored that I’ve been awarded the VMware vExpert 2017 title!  The current vExpert count is 1,472 people and this marks my 2nd consecutive year (2016-2017) that I’ve been awarded with the title.  I could not be more grateful and humbled!  It takes effort, passion, and dedication to […]