Tag: VMware

Building a VMware Environment at Home

I’ve got to a point with my home setup where any changes have me scratching my head as to how things are setup. For that reason, and to write a blog post, I decided I would document my logical network and physical setup.

My lab initially contained a couple HP desktop servers to allow a virtual NAS, firewall, and Plex server.

To date I’ve implemented the following:
(Chronological)

Hardware/Appliances

-Wired the house with Cat 6 and RG6 coaxial cable
-48 Port RJ45 Patch Panel
-Panduit Mini rack
-(10) Dahua POE Cameras
-Dahua DVR 2U Appliance with 12TB
-Install of CyberPower UPS
-QNAP TS251 2-Drive NAS w/8TB
-(35) Z-wave devices
-(1) Supermicro e200-8D Intel 6-core w/64GB Mem, 2TB SSD Flash

 

Software/Applications

  • Sophos UTM Firewall VM
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Red Hat Linux
  • CentOS
  • VMware vSphere 6.5
  • VMware vRealize Automation
  • VMware vRealize Business for Cloud

 

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Google Chrome 43 and VMware Web Client Issues

VMware is very behind on updating their web plugins. If you are using Google Chrome latest version 43 (with defaults) then you likely are having issues connecting to VMware vCenter VM consoles using VMRC, the VMware Client Integration Plugin, and the Plugin for VMware vRA (vCAC) for integrated windows auth.

By changing these 2 extensions detailed below both the consoles access (vCenter) and integrated auth (vRA/vCAC) now work using Google Chrome 43.
This fix works for Chrome using Mac or PC.

Chrome43_VMW_Issue

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VMware enters the hot hyper-converged market

A new market has slowly taken shape on the heels of the success of converged infrastructure. When IT teams are looking at the vBlock or FlexPod they now must consider if an even smaller infrastructure footprint would be more appropriate for the specific use case. This is where Nutanix, Simplevity, & HC3 have previously ruled the roost. Now that VMware has entered the market armed with vSAN there is a serious 800 lb gorilla in the room.

Check out this good write up on the offering:

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2014/08/25/introducing-vmware-evo-rail-new-hyper-converged-offering/

 

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