T.B.D. There Be Dragons

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Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on Intel NUC (Part 2/2)

In the first post, we created an ISO image of VMware ESXi 6.5 to install on our Intel NUC. Now we turn that ISO into a bootable USB and do the install. Make Bootable USB We’re going to use an application called Rufus...

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Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on Intel NUC (Part 1/2)

With VMware vSphere 6.5 released recently, I decided to rebuild my Intel NUC based homelab. My preferred method is to create a bootable USB drive with the ESXi install media on it. Then install from the ESXi USB to the dedicated NUC’s boot...

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VMworld 2015 Roundup: Day 5

The final VMworld catchup post, promise! In the spirit of No Post Left Behind, here is my Thursday summary for VMworld 2015 US. General Session For General Session commentary, check out the Live Blog. In hindsight, looking back over the live commentary, the Imagenet...

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Dragon Drop #3

What’s new on Dragon Drop this week? Let’s find out. The Goods My thought on 800 page VCDX designs by Frank Denneman Frank makes a reasoned argument for sticking with what you know. In design, that is. An architectural design submitted for a...

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VMware vSphere 6.5 is Out: Should you Care?

Today VMware announced the release of vSphere 6.5. Most of the core bits are available to download and take for a spin in your test environment. But wait, you say, isn’t this just a point release? It’s not like it’s vSphere 7 or...

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Dragon Drop #2

Our next installment of Dragon Drop. Let’s dive right in. The Goods Buggy Software Foils Dreams of Infrastructure-as-Code from The New Stack Really interesting take on the complexity around infrastructure-as-code. This, to me, speaks of growing pains and the inevitable improvements that today’s...

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Boost Your Nested Home Lab (Part 3/3)

In our pursuit to boost the performance of our nested home lab, first we were introduced to AlacrityPC, then we figured out which services we need to tame. Now it’s time to configure Alacrity and take to the skies! Prepare for Takeoff Now,...

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Boost Your Nested Home Lab (Part 2/3)

In the first post, we looked at AlacrityPC, a program that will help us boost the performance of our VMware Workstation-based nested home lab. In this second part of the series, we’ll figure out what to do with Windows services. Systems Check So...

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Boost Your Nested Home Lab (Part 1/3)

Many people run a nested vSphere home lab using VMware Workstation. Workstation is typically running on a Windows-based desktop or laptop with 8GB of RAM or more. For those of you who have worked with a nested environment like this, you’ll have found...

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Automatically Rename Virtual Machine on Boot

I was recently reminded of a technique I developed and used a decade ago to automatically rename virtual machines when they booted for the first time. The requirement was to make the deployment of identical VMs to multiple classroom computers as efficient as...