16 12, 2014

ESXi Time Configuration: Don’t point it towards the Windows Domain name

By | December 16th, 2014|ESX, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|2 Comments

A client asked me what happens if ESXi servers are pointed towards the Windows domain name in “Time Configuration” and one or more domain controllers are not contactable. While I had a theory, I realised I have never tested what actually happens and what is the failure process. I have seen many environments where using [...]

3 07, 2014

Book Review: Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager

By | July 3rd, 2014|Book Review, Review, SRM, Virtual Lab, Virtualization|0 Comments

It's time for another book review and this time, I am reviewing "Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager" This book is written by Abhilash GB (@AbhilashGB) who is amongst many things, a vExpert as well. The book is just over 140 pages long with five chapters. One thing I immediately [...]

20 06, 2014

My New Dual-Xeon Based Nested Home Lab Machine – Part II

By | June 20th, 2014|Hardware, How To, Virtual Lab, Workstation|8 Comments

In the previous post, I explained the need for a new machine in my home lab and the considerations before buying appropriate components to build one. In this post, I will look at the "Physical Decision Points" and the "Bill of Materials" (read "damage") for those components. So, without further ado, let's start: Physical Decision [...]

24 02, 2014

Book Review: VMware vCloud Security

By | February 24th, 2014|Book Review, Cloud, Firewall, Review, Strategy, vCenter, vCNS, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vShield, vSphere|1 Comment

Security is a subject that has historically been overlooked by companies/vendors when it comes to deployment of new systems.  Generally, an easy and quick way out is preferred, especially when there are time-pressures to deliver a project or solution. That situation is exacerbated due to the fact that techies don't generally give security much thought [...]

4 02, 2014

Why enabling NIOC (Network I/O Control) in a home lab is a good idea?

By | February 4th, 2014|ESX, NIOC, vCenter, View, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Workstation|4 Comments

We all know that Network I/O Control is your friend when it comes to production deployments of vSphere in general.  Today, I quickly wanted to make a point that NIOC is also great when it comes to home labs and why we should have it enabled, if possible. A few days back, I was deploying [...]