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Home Lab v2.0 : Upgrade PSU to Platinum

Upgraded PSU to Platinum 760Watts for my FreeNAS Storage. As the VM’s are growing, I can’t afford to loss any data due to bad power so I opted to upgrade the PSU  🙂     New PSU with younger brother (Platinum and Value-Series     Oh yeah.. and also, I hacked (literally) my PCI-E NIC card since it’s hitting one of the Heatsink >< (ghetto PCI-E to normal PCI conversion):  
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FreeNAS ZFS as NFS Datastore for VMware Benchmark

There have been numerous advancement in ZFS over the years and it’s time for me to revisit this just in time for my VMware Lab revamp (more on this in a future post!). My 3 year old Synology DS412+ is not just cutting it in keeping up with the workloads I’ve been churning in from the 3 x ESXi hosts. Previous Setup Synology DS412+ 3 x 2 TB WD RED running RAID5 1 x 1GB NIC serving NFS 1 x 1GB NIC for genera
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Home Lab v2.0 : Case Standardization

Previous case was fugly so figure to standardize it using Fractal cases. Oh boy are they pretty!!   Also threw in some MAX5 Quad Bay and Tougharmor so I could hot-swap 2.5 Disk via the 5.5 Bay. MAX5 (5.5 to 4x 2.5SSD) are for my ESXi Tougharmor (5.5 to 6x 2.5SSD) is for my FreeNAS box
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vSphere 6.0 is here! Hello Content Library!

The best and greatest version of vSphere is finally here! Instead of listing down all the new features, I’ll be focusing on one new feature per article. Have you tried managing multiple vCenter environments with different versions of templates spread across different sites? .. I do and it’s a nightmare. Looking for that one good version across different sites is painful. In the past, you had to resort to
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ESXi 5.5 Purple Screen of Death because of out-dated emulex driver (elxnet_queuedPkt elxnet_uplinkTx)

Recently experienced PSOD issue on one of my clients. Turns out it was because of the out-dated emulex driver included with ESXi installer. KB for the issue is already public and you can find more information here: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2072254 How to know if your vulnerable: esxcli software vib list | grep -i elxnet If your version is below: 10.0.783.13, you need to update!
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[ warning] [vmusr:vmusr] Error in the RPC receive loop: RpcIn: Unable to send.

Got the following error from one of our Customer. They were running Linux. Googled around and it turns out – the VMware Tools didn’t install completely. It missed creating tools.conf. To get around this, create the following file: tools.conf [logging] log = true # Enable tools service logging to vmware.log vmsvc.level = debug vmsvc.handler = vmx # Enable new “vmusr” service logging to vmware.log vmusr.lev
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ESXi Events : User [email protected] logged in

Are you using HP Server? This is because of out-dated HP Management Agent. Resolution: Update HP Management Agent in the esxi OR Stop it completely. /etc/init.d/hp-ams.sh stop
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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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