Tag : Home Lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 25, 2016

As part of my VMware home lab setup I wanted to be able to run a PowerCLI/PowerShell script to Power On/Off my hosts as required. The first objective was being able to power the hosts on using their IPMI interfaces. Thankfully the Microsoft PowerShell has something that does the job quite nicely called Physical Computer System View (PCSV) Device Cmdlets. Using Get-PcsvDevice Using the Get-PcsvDevice command interactively will require you to provide an IP Address/Hostname, a protocol (such as IPMI) and a set of credentials.

Microsoft PowerShell Home Lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 25, 2016

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.

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft Home Lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 24, 2016

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.

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft Home Lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 24, 2016

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.

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft Home Lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 22, 2016

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.

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft Home lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 22, 2016

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.

Active Directory Certificate Authority Certificates Microsoft Home lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 9, 2016

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!

Home Lab vSphere

Written by Christopher Lewis on January 29, 2016

I have finally taken the first steps in upgrading my home lab and over the next few posts I’ll go through what I have purchased. I have started with just a single host so I can check all the components, some of which are not the on the official VMware HCL, actually work. At a high level this includes: Compute 1 x Supermicro X11SSH-LN4F Motherboard 1 x Intel Xeon E3 1275 V5 “skylake” (4C/8T) 4 x 16GB Crucial DDR4 EUDIMM 1 x Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD (M.

Home Lab vSphere