Installing the Home Lab – Configuring ESXi Syslog Settings

In a previous post I installed and configured the Synology Syslog server to allow me to stop me getting the below message on my hosts.

The reason for the message is that I run my 3 ESXi hosts using SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB keys and as such there is no persistent storage for [...]

Installing the Home Lab – Installing the Synology Syslog Server

In this post we are going to configure the Synology Syslog server so that we can get rid of the message below that occurs because my servers use the SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB drives


Installing the Home Lab – Creating and Configuring an iSCSI Distributed Switch for VMware Multipathing

In an earlier post I configured my Synology DS1513+ Storage server for iSCSI and enabled it for Multi-Pathing, in this post I will show you how to create and configure a vDS (vSphere Distributed Switch) for iSCSI use and how to enable Multipathing to use more than one network path to your storage (there by [...]

Installing the Home Lab – Configuring Synology iSCSI Storage

In earlier posts we have installed and configured vCenter 5.5 as well as assigning hosts to it, in this next post we are going to configure our iSCSI storage to allow us to later setup Multi-Pathing from our hosts to our storage.

In my home lab I am using a dedicated Synology DS1513+ for my [...]

Installing the Home Lab – Configuring Datacenters and Hosts

In the previous post we installed and configured access to vCenter 5.5, it’s great that we have vCenter installed but with no datacenter or Hosts configured we aren’t going to be doing too much with our new installation so what we need to do is add a new datacenter and a host to allow us [...]

Installing the Home Lab – Installing vCenter 5.5 on Windows 2012R2

This post will detail all the steps required to install vCenter 5.5a on to a Windows 2012R2 guest machine, I should add that at the time of writing 2012R2 isn’t on the supported OS list and that there is an additional step that needs to be done to ensure that the installation succeeds first time.


Installing the Home Lab – VMware Certificates – Part Two

In the first post in this series we installed the Windows 2012 R2 Root Certificate Authority. This, the second in a series of posts details the configuration of the VMware specific Template and the distribution of the Root CA Certificate.

VMware Cert Template Creation