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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 ūüôĀ 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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vCenter Orchestrator : Evaluation

Over the weekend, I reinstalled my home lab to vsphere 5.5. Wanting to automate as much as possible in managing my VM’s – I’ve decided to use vcenter orchestrator.¬†Currently, automation are controlled via PowerShell scripts (more on this on a separate post). The problem with this is manageability/ portability. I wanted to make it more “universal”. Being completely clueless, decided to pl
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VSA : Advance Configuration and Customization for troubleshooting

Working with VSA, here are some gotchas and dvance configs¬†to note when troubleshooting issues involving the setup. 1. Disable Proxy Arp in layer 3 if the VSA Manager and ESXi hosts are in different network. During VSA Cluster creation, the setup would ping each of the IP’s to be used by the appliance and NFS mounts. Since the proxy arp setting in the layer 3 “proxies” replies to any unused IP, this
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Building Home Lab 1.0

One advantage in living in a 1st world country: access to cheap 2nd hand hardware! Lurking in HW forums, I manage to snag some nice gear to build my ESXi Lab. I wanted to make it as close as what production setup would like configuration wise. In the end, here’s my configuration I used to prepare for my VCP-CLOUD certification: ESXi Host¬†5.1 (installed via USB): i3 2100 16GB Memory DDR3 Shared Storage:¬† Synolog
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VMWare Storage Appliance (VSA) – Deep Dive!

I had the opportunity to play around with VMWares VSA – Company’s primary offering for SMB and Remote Offices. It brings with it enterprise solution without the costly SAN component. In a nutshell, it uses servers local storage to act as “shared” that enables the cluster to have other solutions possible – vmotion, svmotion drs, to name a few. For a complete market descrition, I suggest y
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First Post. Brand new spanking theme.

Testing current theme. Still getting hang out of it. Trying to conceptualize the color scheme. Hopefully will be done by the week.   Oh yeah.. I’m preparing for DCD exam too. Goodluck to me   UPDATE: Just passed the exam ^^
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