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Esxi update individual component firmware on HP hardware: disk degraded not authenticated

Server hardware goes faulty is common in any organization, I was doing healthcheck on all vCenter, few of my ESXi servers were showing alerts on faulty storage controller battery and HDD storage issue, they were running on HP hardware, after checking ILO pages, hardware health status was in yellow o…

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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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ESXi 6.5 upgrade bundle via command line: No Space Left On Device Error

I received few standalone ESXi 6.5 hosts for patching for branch office, I wanted to upgrade build number on server, As there was no option of VMWare update manager for standalone esxi. Here I upgraded them using offline bundle zip. These requires offline bundle zip to be be downloaded from url …

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PART 2 : CONFIGURE AND PROMOTE ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

This is second part of PART 1 : INSTALL ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION, I configured Windows Server 2012 R2, and installed only Active Directory Domain Services role, Now it should be promoted to domain controller. Click Promote this server to a domain controller when you…

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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 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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