Part 2 of homelab Basics. Installing vCenter
How to set up a vsphere homelab for beginners step by step.
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
ow that the IaaS server is installed and vRA is up and running you can go and do STUFF with it! But what if you don't really know what 'stuff' is supposed to look like? Well, at the end of part 3b of this series we pressed the button marked Create Initial Content. This creates … Continue reading Installing Minimal vRA 7: Part 4 – Running Initial Content Creation Item
Now that we know what we're aiming for we can get the really easy bit out of the way right now. Deploying the vRA 7 Virtual Appliance. Throughout this example I'm using the svc-vra-admin account created in step 1 as it has rights for pretty much everything. NOTE: My lab was running vSphere 5.5 when I … Continue reading Installing Minimal vRA 7: Part 2 Deploying The vRA Appliance
Finally, after pretty much a full year of waiting VMware released version 7 of the vRealize Automation suite. Rumour is that it's far easier to install, more stable and bug free than before. Given the difference between the hell that was 6.0.1 and the, much better but still poor, 6.2.2 releases I've had the pleasure … Continue reading Installing Minimal vRA 7: Part 1 Which Version For The Lab?