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Modify logging level of ESXi 5.5

I just rebuild my home-lab to vSphere 5.5 U2. After setting up the syslog, I noticed 30+ messages popping up coming from my ESXi hosts. It turns out, the default logging level on the hosts is configured as verbose. Normally, this should be perfectly okay especially if you have a syslog server appliance that can make good use of it (eg. LogInsight, splunk) Unfortunately for me, a homelab user, this is eating up both o
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NSX woes

Over the weekend, I wanted to try VMware’s SDN solution: NSX… and being the lazy guy that I am- i didn’t read any documentations before going thru the installation. As result – installation wasn’t pretty. Here are the things that stopped me during the setup: IP Pools for the Network Controller not being deployed The IP Pool should relate to the dvPort Group that you chose. Also, the IP s
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vSphere Beta Program now available for public!

Official link and information below: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere-beta
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Cisco Nexus 1000v limitation getting more apparent

With the advent of high capacity machines (1TB RAM, 4×10 CPU)  – consolidation ratio is at its all time high. Unfortunately, maximum/ limitation of other components would easily be reached. One good example: we recently experienced VM’s suddenly disconnecting -NICs getting unchecked- from Nexus1000v. We verified there were a lot of free ports left on the 1000v. After hours of troubleshooting, we fina
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Install pip for Python3 in Linuxmint

I’ve been using Linuxmint environment for about a month now (hey!) and here’s quick guide on how to install PIP for python3. The default interpreter for Ubuntu based distro is python 2.x. so if you want to install packages on the python3 interpreter you need to uses pip3. Here’s a quick guide on how to install it: 1. Install python3 setup tools sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools 2. Install pip
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VMware Recertification Process: VCP expires after 2 years

No. This is not an Aprils Fools joke. VMware recently announced recertification process for its VCP level certification. Overall, i think the change is warranted given the changes that have happened with the product- a VCP3 knowledge not exactly the same as VCP5 (remember the days you cant do storage vmotion a powered on vm in ESX3.5? ). Unfortunately for me, I need to recertify alot earlier. My last VCAP was May 201
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How to make your ESXi box look like a server with Internal USB header

*start just geeky things* Don’t you just hate the USB sticking at the back of your home built ESXi  box 🙁 Moving it is a bummer (I know, you can just plug-it out – but I’m lazy) as you need to make sure not to touch the USB stick. ENTER: Internal USB Header (woop woop) I just grabbed this baby off of ebay and now I don’t have to worry bumping the USB at the back. Look at the before and after p
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Running Realtek RTL8111E in ESXi 5.5

First off …whats so special with Realtek NIC card? The Realtek NIC card is commonly seen in consumer motherboard. If you intend to run a whitebox ESXi for homelab use, tough luck as starting ESXi 5.5 VMWare has removed support to it. But do not fret. There are numerous ways to make it run. A simple google search would yield numerous results pointing to guides on how to side slip the ESXi 5.1 drivers to a ESXi 5
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Taking vCAC for a spin : vCloud Director replacement

With the news of vCloud Director to be phased out, I wanted to try its replacement: vCenter Automation Center. From the demo all over the web you can already see the user interface to be “friendly” compared to the daunting technical configurations of vCloud Director. To be fair, once you have the hang of vCD its concept is fairly simple. To have a firm grasp how vCAC fair – I’ll try to install
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