Category Archives: Main

VMware ESXi Host Configuration with PowerCLI – (Security Hardening)

By | September 1, 2022

VMware Explore 2022, formerly VMworld, is back to in person attendance in San Francisco!! While it’s not as crowded as years past, it was great to be in person and connect with customers and friends. My top two goals were to attend everything automation and security related. While walking out of a ‘Ransomware Prevention’ session,… Read More »

VMware ESXi Host Configuration with Ansible – (Security Hardening)

By | March 8, 2022

Ransomware is on everyone’s mind or at least it should be…  Please be aware this is not a prescription to keep you from being hacked, but rather an improvement of your security posture specific to vSphere. Attackers are constantly looking for weaknesses in your IT environment to exploit for malicious purposes. To help minimize a… Read More »

Deploy NetApp StorageGRID VMware

By | April 14, 2021

In a previous post on StorageGRID I discuss what Object Storage is and its use cases. In todays post, I will demonstrate how to deploy the virtual NetApp StorageGrid appliance in my VMware HomeLab using my Intel NUCs. If you have been following my blog posts, I have been demonstrating how I make use of… Read More »

Configure Site Recovery Manager 8.3 Appliance

By | December 29, 2020

In my previous blog post, I demonstrated how to deploy VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Today I am continuing with the configuration of the SRM Virtual Appliance. After powering on the VM, using the remote console, validate the appliance has booted and has the appropriate IP address. Next, you will need to open a NEW… Read More »

Deploy VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.3

By | December 28, 2020

In a previous post, I demonstrated how to deploy VMware vSphere Replication. Click here ‘How to Deploy vSphere Replication 8.3‘ While VMware vSphere Replication is a great product and can replicate your VMs to another location, the recovery / restoring of your VMs is a manual process. You can imagine how tedious this could be… Read More »

NetApp StorageGrid

By | December 9, 2020

A topic that keeps coming up in conversations is NetApp StorageGrid and how it fits in the data fabric. During the next few blog posts, I will be going over what is NetApp StorageGrid, how to Deploy StorageGrid, how to connect a NetApp FabricPool to a StorageGrid, how to upgrade the firmware on StorageGrid, how… Read More »

How to Deploy vSphere Replication 8.3

By | November 15, 2020

If you have been following along with me on my “Home Lab Build”, I have deployed two NetApp ONTAP Select (OTS) instances on a pair of Intel NUCs as this is my storage foundation for the remaining buildout. With Production Storage (OTS400) and Disaster (OTS100). I have deployed two instances of VMware vCenter using different… Read More »

vCenter Active Directory Authentication

By | October 29, 2020

In my previous NetApp blog post, I demonstrated how to use Active Directory (AD) Authentication on my NetApp ONTAP OTS tightening up Security. A prerequisite is to have Administrator Privledges to Join vCenter to your Windows Active Directory (AD) and its a good practice to have / create a Security Group ‘VMwareAdmins’ From the Home… Read More »

Basic Configuration of vCenter after Deployment

By | October 29, 2020

In a previous blog post, I demonstrated how to deploy vCenter for my HomeLab using both a manual, along with an automated method using Ansible. To recap, my Home Lab consists of some Intel NUCs that are running NetApp Ontap Select (OTS) for storage. Make sure to check my blog on steps to build your… Read More »