As part of the continual (re)deployment and evolution of my home lab I have created a custom ESXi image to include a VIB for my Synology SAN. Whilst I will concentrate on the steps required to complete this specifically for the Synology, the principle applies to any home lab or indeed any Production environment that needs a custom VMware vSphere ESXi Image. Required Software: VMware PowerCLI (latest available) VMware vSphere offline bundle downloadable from VMware (I’m using the 6.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 12, 2016 .

VMware PowerCLI vSphere ESXi

Power CLI 2nd Edition - A “must have” book for anyone who is working with VMware products and wants to add value and save time. The book has been helpful to me for three reasons: it has taught me how to automate those mundane tasks that everybody hates to, it has enabled me to remove the human error - making sure results are consistent, and most importantly it has given me back some much needed time to tackle more interesting problems/tasks (after all once you have written a script once it can be re-used on many projects!

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 7, 2016 .

PowerCLI PowerShell VMware

This is Part 4 of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services. The following assumes you have completed the steps within the series: Part 1 - Installing Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Certificate Services Part 2 - Configuring an Enterprise Root Certificate Authority Part 3A - Creating the Microsoft CA Template for SSL certificates in vSphere 6.0 Part 3B - Creating the Microsoft CA Template for Subordinate CA certificates in vSphere 6.

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 25, 2016 .

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft

This is Part 3B of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services, covering the creation of a Subordinate CA certificate for use with the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA). For some insightful information on VMCA Design Decisions post by AtherBeg The following assumes you have completed the steps within the series: Part 1 - Installing Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Certificate Services Part 2 - Configuring an Enterprise Root Certificate Authority Part 3A - Creating the Microsoft CA Template for SSL certificates in vSphere 6.

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 24, 2016 .

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft

I thought I would share one of the many Visio Diagrams I have created recently on a project to deploy VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.x.

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 24, 2016 .

VMware vRealize Automation 6.x

This is Part 3A of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services. The following assumes you have completed the steps within the series: Part 1 - Installing Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Certificate Services Part 2 - Configuring an Enterprise Root Certificate Authority The high level steps below are taken from the VMware KB Article Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 24, 2016 .

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft

This is Part 2 of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services. The following assumes you have completed the steps within the series: Part 1 - Installing Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Certificate Services Instructions Click Configure Active Directory Certificate Services to run the AD CS Configuration Post-deployment configuration wizard. If required, click Change to choose a different account with the appropriate administration rights (i.

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 22, 2016 .

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft

This is Part 1 of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.0 to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services. I have heavily invested into my Home Lab over the last few months and as part of building my new VMware vSphere 6.0 Home Lab. I have decided that creating an Enterprise Root CA is a good idea so that I can work with certificates in my home lab.

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 22, 2016 .

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft

On the 26th February (afternoon), I failed at my first attempt to gain my VCAP5-DCD with a score of 279. Beforehand I did say to myself that I would rather have failed hard than nearly get there with a close to passing score. Put simply, I ran out of time. Like most exams i take i go in with a game plan, i’d read a lot on the internet and been told by a lot of people - do the Master and Visio style questions first.

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 27, 2016 .

VCAP VCAP-DCD

I have recently been completing some study for the Microsoft 70-417 exam (upgrading to MCSA Windows 2012) and whilst I have not had a lot to do with implementing Group Policy Objects (GPOs) in the recent past, I still find it is important to know how and when they get applied. The following is some of my notes from my study. Processing Order Assuming there is no type of filtering or enforcement applied, GPOs are applied/processed in the following order:

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 16, 2016 .

Active Directory Group Policy Objects

Today I start my journey to obtain my VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Design certification. I have been designing and supporting VMware products for a lot of years, so I thought it was about time I got my VCAP certifications! Firstly, let me just say I realise the VMware Certified Advance Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization Design is currently in BETA and I will be taking this exam as well.

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 14, 2016 .

Certification VCAP VCAP5-DCD

Ok so the bits and bobs have started to arrive and I have put together one of the hosts and after a little work, I now have one host up and running with he following: The components in ESX-Host-1 are:- 1 x SuperMicro MBD-X11SH-LN4F-0 Motherboard (4 x 1GbE, 64GB, Socket 1151, M.2 PCIe, IMPI 2.0, 8 x SATA3) I chose this motherboard for multiple reasons; a) the 4 x 1GbE network ports mean that I don’t need a separate card, b) IPMI means i can remote controller the server to build it once plugged in c) supports 64GB RAM, d) its MicroATX so i can build it into a small case!

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 9, 2016 .

Home Lab