28 01, 2016

Ravello Systems’ Smart Labs: Great for Dev, Test and Demos

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:00+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Ravello, Virtualization|0 Comments

Last year, when I heard that Ravello Systems are offering free access to vExperts, I was amazed at the offer. https://twitter.com/AtherBeg/status/611730991963598849 Even though I have a fairly good sized lab in my study, there are many times when I want to play with some cool new technology but don't have the time or expertise to [...]

20 06, 2014

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

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:03+00:00 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 [...]

4 02, 2014

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

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:06+00:00 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 [...]

27 01, 2014

Missing vmnics from ESXi after installation

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:06+00:00 January 27th, 2014|ESX, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|0 Comments

Recently, I was building a nested ESXi environment in my lab, based on vSphere 5.5. Regular readers will remember that I generally use VMware Workstation (version 10, in this case) to run my virtual environment.  I usually have my ESXi hosts configured with 8 NICs, which is pretty handy when I have to play with [...]

12 08, 2013

StarWind Software’s iSCSI SAN: Shared Storage for my VMware Workstation Powered Lab

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:06+00:00 August 12th, 2013|ESX, Review, StarWind, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, Windows, Workstation|1 Comment

Like all VMware techies, I have also installed shared storage in different ways, to experiment with high-availability solutions.  One thing that has always bugged me is that virtual appliances providing shared storage, need to have the virtual environment running as a prerequisite.  In a home lab, one might not have an external NAS box so [...]

28 01, 2013

Building (or Upgrading) a Virtual Home Lab Machine – Part III

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:07+00:00 January 28th, 2013|Hardware, vCenter, View, Virtual Lab, VMware, vSphere, Windows, Workstation|5 Comments

In the first and second posts of this series, I covered my thought process for deciding what hardware and software to use for my new lab machine and then what I actually bought and built, respectively.  In this last post of the series, I intend to cover some optimizations I did after the build, some [...]