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Homelab update to vSphere 6.0

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Unfortunately my homelab got a little bit dusty in the last few months due to a lot of work and my recent move to Munich. But with the “new” release of vSphere 6 there was the perfect opportunity to get the homelab shiny again šŸ˜‰ But first of all I had to tidy up my workroom and find a nice spot for my NUCs. ESXi 6.0 installation: The vSphere ESXi 6.0 installation worked as usual. Just like with vSphere 5.5 you had to inject the network driver to work with Intel NUCs – but no problems at this point. You can lookup the exact procedure in one of my former posts: Click me vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 installation: With vSphere 6.0 a lot has changed with the vCenter architecture itself or letĀ“s say got reorganized. With vSphere 5.x we were talking about vCenter Server, Inventory service and SSO. With […]

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Building my new homelab Part 2 – vSphere basic environment

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It is timeĀ to replace and rebuild my homelab andĀ I will document these steps in different chapters. InĀ part 2 I will talk about the vSphere basic environment installation. Part 1 – Hardware Part 2 – vSphere basic environment   Creation of custom ESXi image: In order to get ESXi installed on the Intel NUC you have to create a customized image, because the necessary device driver for the Intel NUC network adapter (82579LM Gigabit Ethernet Controller) is not part of the ESXi base image. In order to create this image I was using the tool ESXi customizer fromĀ Andreas Peetz (www.v-front.de) in the past. The tool would still do the job (and would do it good!) but I wanted to try a new and more “onboard” way to customize the image with PowerCLI. What parts do you need? ESXi 5.5 Offline Image Powershell + VMWare PowerCLI installed Intel Driver Package for Intel […]

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Building my new homelab Part 1 – Hardware

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It is timeĀ to replace and rebuild my homelab andĀ I will document these steps in different chapters. InĀ part 1 I will talk about the hardware I will use for my homelab. Part 1 – Hardware Part 2 – vSphere basic environment   Existing homelab components: HP NL54L Microserver (G7) HP ML 110 G6 Custom desktop PC Synology DS 209+II Assessment of existing homelab:   FutureĀ homelab components: 2 x IntelĀ® NUC-Kit DC53427HYE with 16 GB of RAM each HP NL54L Microserver (G7) … will be reused as backup server Synology DS 209+II … but there are plans to replace it with a newer and bigger box (upcoming chapter of this homelab series) Here you can find some additional information about Intel NUCs.Ā With the new 4th generation you have additional support for a 2.5″ drive with the existing mSATA SSD. I was also thinking about taking three of these and createĀ a VSAN/ScaleIO cluster […]