Part 2 of homelab Basics. Installing vCenter
How to set up a vsphere homelab for beginners step by step.
I realised that it's been a while since the last post was added to this blog so I thought I'd write this and summarise what's actually been going on. In in reality I've updated every page on this site with instrcutions, screenshots and "gotchas" for the newer versions of the products. So, the homelab guide … Continue reading Site Status – All Pages Updated
Where are We? By this point we should be in the position of having our lab cluster up and running, configured for storage and able to authenticate against a real domain with all the control that gives us. We haven't yet enabled any of the advanced features like vMotion though as this would have required … Continue reading vSphere / Lab For Beginners: Part 4 – Virtual Distributed Switches & Migrating Networking (VSS to vDS)
So, What Do We Currently Have? At this point we have a functioning vCenter server containing a datacenter construct and a cluster with some ESXi servers. These are all authenticating using the built in SSO (Single Sign On) server and all networking is done via VMware Standard Switches (VSS). These should all be configured exactly … Continue reading vSphere / Lab For Beginners: Part3 – Domain Based Authentication
Where Are We and What's Next? At this point in our lab build we have our ESXi hosts up and connected to some storage but nothing else. We need a tool to manage all our hosts and provide accss to all the cool features that VMware and Virtualisation is known for such as moving VMs … Continue reading vSphere / Lab For Beginners: Part 2 – Installing & Configuring Virtual Center
This post is all about how to install the first part of any vSphere / HomeLab setup. the basic ESXi client. It's intended for beginners who haven't used vSphere before or those who know a little but are installing on their own for the first time. Assumptions This guide assumes that you're installing on to … Continue reading vSphere / Lab For Beginners: Part 1 – Installing ESXI To USB