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Build a simple email server for home lab using hMailServer and Thunderbird

Since long time I was looking for very small and  lightweight email server for my lab, here I have hMailServer is to my rescue, it is very lightweight, opensource and free. It is just 4 MB of setup file, easy to setup and configure. Setup is available on https://www.hmailserver.com/, there is not m…

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Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 is now Generally Available and includes Tape Support & Flexible Restores

It is greatly significant that data requirements to be backed up and there should be an operative Disaster Recovery strategy in situation of data threat or a catastrophe. Although data stays to raise and there are number of technology providers who proposal better and complete storage methods to bus…

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Emulate HDD as SSD flash disk on Esxi and VMware workstation

I was required (emulated) virtual fake SSD in VMware workstation for few demos and testing purpose. I am already using SSD on my system, If vmdks are kept on the Solid state drives, VMs detects vmdk disks as SSD/Flash disk, but if you don't have SSD, it can be easily emulated with a trick configurat…

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CONFIGURING AND MANAGING MICROSOFT WINDOWS NANO SERVER

From my previous article I created Nano server VHD image and deployed it as virtual machine on Vmware Workstation. This article I will be focusing on configuration of network settings, Currently I have only one network adapter, from main menu after login, Hit enter for Network settings and select th…

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HOW TO INSTALL WINDOWS NANO SERVER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION AND V2V CONVERTER

New Microsoft Windows Nano server 2016 provides and offers many new benefits over traditional windows server operating system. It is very cost effective to run nano server Amount of resources required to run nano server is very low. also due to its striped down GUI architect (no GUI layer at all) an…

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PART 8 : CPU COOLING SOLUTION FOR MY HOME LAB ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

After purchasing and building my lab everything was going smooth, except I found CPU is getting very hot and reaching above and staying at 60 Celsius constantly when I was powering on VMs and putting loads (Due to this I had to stop VMs each time to deal with Temparature). Even thought there is no l…

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PART 1 : INSTALLING ESXI ON VMWARE WORKSTATION HOME LAB

PART 7 : CREATING NESTED VMWARE ESXI SERVER VM IN HOME LAB ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

After installing and configuring VMWare Workstation I am going to install my first  ESXi VM on the workstation, Virtualizing Esxi OS is called Nesting. If you have single computer and want to try virtualization without modifying your base OS, Nesting Virtualization is best option for you. Here I am …

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PART 6 : CONFIGURE VMWARE WORKSTATION TO SAVE SPACE AND TIME

After configuring VM storage for optimal speed, it is time for to save some valuable space when specially you are using SSD, as they are not cheap. Make sure you have created your template with thin provisioned. Means it only takes the space you have installed software, as data addition goes on the …

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PART 5 : CONFIGURING STORAGE IN VMWARE WORKSTATION FOR OPTIMAL SPEED

In my Part 4 After showing how to configure simple VMware Workstation Networking, Its time to configure Storage for best speed. When I purchased my lab I knew that my lab won't work without good SSD as per my previous experiences. In my earlier machine I had 64 GB of SSD Disk and it got corrupt, aft…

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PART 4 : CONFIGURING VMWARE WORKSTATION NETWORKING IN HOME LAB

In this article I am focusing on setting up VMware workstation networking and going to use host only option in it. So what is Host Only networking in VMware workstation (I will be showing other networking option Nat and bridged in some other blogs). Host only is very straight and easy to understand.…

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PART 3 : MY VSPHERE LAB CONFIGURATION ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

It is always essential to have some good computer hardware while virtualization specially when you put more and more load on it, My earlier blogs Part1 and Part2 compeletly focuses on BUILDING AND HARDWARE BUING GUIDE IDEAS FOR VMWARE LAB. Once you have correct hardware in place, you will need som…

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PART 1 : BUILDING AND BUYING GUIDE IDEAS FOR VMWARE LAB

My old setup for all purpose lab

This article completely concentrate on how to build a VMware lab for your home testing. This lab is not only limited to VMware and also can be used for other technologies like Microsoft Windows, Linux or any other virtualization platform and for tutoring purpose. …

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PART 2 : BUILDING AND HARDWARE BUYING GUIDE IDEAS FOR VMWARE LAB

My New Lab with new Hardware

I am very glad that I have got my new hardware for my Lab testing and training. In my earlier post I provided complete overview how is my current old hardware and I use it to do all the lab practical. After purchasing my new hardware I found it is much faster than my…

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