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In-the-Lab: Full ESX/vMotion Test Lab in a Box, Part 5

September 28, 2009

In Part 4 of this series we created two vSphere virtual machines – one running ESX and one running ESXi – from a set of master images we can use for rapid deployment in case we want to expand the number of ESX servers in our lab. We showed you how to use NexentaStor to […]

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In-the-Lab: Full ESX/vMotion Test Lab in a Box, Part 4

August 26, 2009

In Part 3 of this series we showed how to install and configure a basic NexentaStor VSA using iSCSI and NFS storage. We also created a CIFS bridge for managing ISO images that are available to our ESX servers using NFS. We now have a fully functional VSA with working iSCSI target (unmounted as of […]

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In-the-Lab: Full ESX/vMotion Test Lab in a Box, Part 3

August 21, 2009

In Part 2 of this series we introduced the storage architecture that we would use for the foundation of our “shared storage” necessary to allow vMotion to do its magic. As we have chosen NexentaStor for our VSA storage platform, we have the choice of either NFS or iSCSI as the storage backing. In Part […]

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In-the-Lab: Full ESX/vMotion Test Lab in a Box, Part 2

August 19, 2009

In Part 1 of this series we introduced the basic Lab-in-a-Box platform and outlined how it would be used to provide the three major components of a vMotion lab: (1) shared storage, (2) high speed network and (3) multiple ESX hosts. If you have followed along in your lab, you should now have an operating […]

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In-the-Lab: Full ESX/vMotion Test Lab in a Box, Part 1

August 17, 2009

There are many features in vSphere worth exploring but to do so requires committing time, effort, testing, training and hardware resources. In this feature, we’ll investigate a way – using your existing VMware facilities – to reduce the time, effort and hardware needed to test and train-up on vSphere’s ESXi, ESX and vCenter components. We’ll […]

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In-the-Lab: NexentaStor vs ESXi, Redux

February 24, 2012

I fired-up the NMV and shutdown the VSA… After powering-on the resulting drop in idle CPU was nothing short of astounding.

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In-the-Lab: NexentaStor and VMware Tools, You Need to Tweak It…

February 24, 2012

Since the SUNWuiu8 package does not exist – and more importantly is not needed for Illumos/Nexenta – removing a reference to it is a good thing.

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In-the-Lab: Windows Server 2008 R2 Template for VMware

September 30, 2010

As it turns out, the reasonably simple act of cloning a Windows Server 2008 R2 (insert addition here) has been complicated by the number of editions, changes from 2008 release through 2008 R2 as well as user profile management changes since its release. If you’re like me, you like to tweak your templates to limit […]

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Quarter in Review: Top 5’s of Q3/2009

October 2, 2009

SOLORI’s top blog posts of Q3/2009 In-the-Lab: Full ESX Test Lab in a Box – 18% Part 1, Setup and Getting Started with ESXi Part 2, Selecting a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) Part 3, Building and Provisioning the VSA Part 4, Creating the Cluster-in-a-Box Part 5, Deploying vCenter, Update Manager, et al Installing FreeNAS to […]