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Why Nested ESXi Is an Essential Part of Your Home Lab

There’s always a ton of discussion around home labs among IT professionals on Twitter, and many are very, very impressive!  I have to admit, I do tend to have a case of home lab envy at times.  Whatever you home lab consists of, be it a laptop, a desktop, or a mini rack, I’d like …

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A Guide to vSphere Command Line Management Tools

VMware vSphere command line management has always been a big part of managing a vSphere environment. Back in the earlier days of ESX, many used the service console for running scripts, typing commands, or using third party management tools. The introduction of ESXi killed the service console, and attempted to lock down VMware vSphere command …

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Get Set With PowerCLI and Distributed Virtual Switches, Part 1

This article is a continuation of the series I like to call Fumbling Through PowerCLI. My goal is to provide an overview of learning and using PowerCLI by logically working through how to accomplish common administrative tasks. I also like to demonstrate how we can use features within PowerCLI to teach ourselves, and well, fumble …

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#VCAPorBUST Objective 3 – Implement and Manage Host Clusters – DRS

Welcome to the latest installment of the #VCAPorBUST series – aimed at preparing for VMware VCAP certifications.  You can see the rest of the articles in this series here.  Today we are going to talk about VMware DRS.  If you are looking for a more general, easy to understand overview of DRS, be sure to …

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#VCAPorBUST – I Was Working In the Lab Late One Night

All of us VCAP-ers know how important our home labs are, so I wanted to give you all a rundown of mine, and how I configure it.  I think it is important to have access to some sort of lab, whether it be physical or virtual.  This gives us the opportunity to try things that …

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#VCAPorBUST Objective 3 – Implement and Manage Host Clusters – High Availability

When it comes to vSphere HA, there is a couple of key concepts.  Mainly, Admission Control and fail over policy settings, as well as Host Isolation Response.  First of all, what exactly is vSphere HA anyway?  High Availability is the mechanism that protects virtual machines against hardware failures, by restarting them on a different host …

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