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Homelab v 3.0 – “Hyper-converged” machine

3 weeks ago i decided to bite the bullet in building a new iteration of my homelab. Maintaining 4 separate machines (see Homelab v 2.0) is starting to be a burden as most of my time is spent  maintaining the hardware. With inspiration from /r/homelab (reddit.com), I wanted to  build an  “all-in-one” machine – with as much memory as possible. Put enough compute in one machine and just create nested E
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Free trusted CA!

Good news! https://letsencrypt.org/2015/10/19/lets-encrypt-is-trusted.html
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Homelab v 2.0 : The Specs

Posting my long overdue specs I use for homelab.  Current iteration served me well in simulating customer scenario and playing with different specs. This are built from (mostly) commercially available components. Items are picked so i can do VSAN simulations as well. Hypervisor ESXi01 i5 2400 32GB Memory P8Z77-M Pro LSI 9211-4i (1 x 128GB SSD, 1 x 500GB SATA) Intel Quad-port NIC ESXi02 i5 2400 32GB Memory P8H67-M LSI
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vRealize Orchestrator : How to Fix ssl_error_weak_server_ephemeral_dh_key

Recently encountered the error when trying to browse the configuration page of vRealize Orchestrator SSL received a weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key in Server Key Exchange handshake message. (Error code: ssl_error_weak_server_ephemeral_dh_key)   Quick Workaround from VMware: – Update CIPHER suites accepted by Orchestrator server LOCATION: /etc/vco/app-server/server.xml /etc/vco/configuration/server.xml FR
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Limit characters in vRA Textbox using Regular expression

Quick post on how to limit  character input in a vRA TextBox. – Create a Property Dictionary – Click Edit – Add a New Property Attribute – Select RegEx Inp Sample Regular Expression: \w{3,5} – Limit the input only for any word combination with minimum of 3 and  a maximum of 5 characters.
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IaaS vRealize Automation Installation Issue : An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host

I recently encountered issue in the installation IaaS component of vRealize Automation 6.2.1. Normally, you just run the pre-req automation PS1 script, execute the IaaS installer and you’re all set. But for this instance, I keep receiving the below error:  System.Data.Services.Client.DataServiceTransportException: The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send. —> System.N
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How to install ESXi/ vSphere in USB – EASY way!

Just wanted to share what I normally do when I need to reinstall/ install a new ESXi instance for my home lab. Normally, you have to use Rufus or any tools that can create a bootable USB. For me, I just use VMware Workstation to directly write to my USB. you just have to target the USB as the whole Physical Drive, mount the ISO, and install away! Steps: Create VM In the Wizard, use Entire Disk WARNING: Make sure to t
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How to change IP of vRealize Orchestrator

Quick post on how to change IP of vRealize Orchestrator via VAMI (Virtual Appliance Management Interface): 1. go to /opt/vmware/share/vami 2. Initiate ./vami_set_network <interface> STATICV4 <IP> <NETMASK> <GATEWAY>  
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vCenter Appliance stuck in Checking for Updates – Solution

Had a Customer where the vCenter Appliance is stuck at “Checking for updates” even after reboot. This caused if you try checking for updates without any internet. The solution is to initiate a manual process from within the vCenter Appliance console. Steps: 1. Log into Appliance with SSH  2. /opt/vmware/bin/vamicli update –check 3. /opt/vmware/bin/vamicli update –install latest –accepteu
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