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    AWS Migration tools? Anyone with VMware on prem and moving to AWS?

    VMware Cloud on AWS is expensive. Almost 5x the cost of 'doing it right' in AWS. You can install appliance VMs to pull L3 networks between the datacenter and AWS but you have latency and trombone issues... VMware VMC provides that 'no change' migration to AWS at a cost. The simple vCenter GUI...
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    AWS Migration tools? Anyone with VMware on prem and moving to AWS?

    Preaching to the choir... trust me. I'm fully versed in what we 'should' do and I wish I had the weight to push things in the right direction. We already have a mature Kubernetes environment and entire teams 'cloud ready' with Azure, Google, AWS workloads. Best I can do atm is learn the...
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    AWS Migration tools? Anyone with VMware on prem and moving to AWS?

    Assuming the old HardForum Crew still watches these forums... Has anyone, with VMware in a datacenter, started, has started, already completed... a project to migrate workloads into AWS? Google search does turn up some blogs and a list of tools. AWS - at enterprise scale - does come with...
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    Dell T640 - Non Dell parts?

    Awesome, thanks for the quick feedback. Going to hit eBay for some cheap drive caddies and prob hit crucial for some certified ecc dimms. Price is close enough to amazon/Newegg etc...
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    VMworld 2019 Party Badge

    I know its two days too late... But for future VMworlds... You can pay $100 for a 'lost badge - reprint'.... If for some reason you needed another badge.... because you 'lost' yours...
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    Dell T640 - Non Dell parts?

    Posting here because I assume most of the folks messing with 'Virtual' have their hands in some form of Server class hardware... I know some of the folks that post here frequently are Data center guys. (enjoyed VMworld this year?) I run a lot of HP and Cisco/Cisco UCS gear at work. Just...
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    vmworld 2017

    I always start with TAM day on Sunday then sched any PowerCLI or CLI based sessions. Outside of that, I just sched random things that sound interesting then go back after the conference and watch the video. I havn't seen any vExpert or Vmworld Vender Party offerings / Emails yet. Anyone have...
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    What are the latest home lab builds?

    If you plan to do any real "serious" NSX testing and learning you are going to need more than one system. NSX consists of Load balancers, security policies, VXLans, Distributed Routing, and a host based Virtual Firewall for micro segmentation. If you want to learn about the distributed...
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    What switch are you using for your home lab?

    I'm not sure the context or need for a switch with Layer 3 functionality but I use a Cisco ASA to run my layer three and firewall. There are a lot of options out there to run layer three. If the idea is to reduce network equipment then you can run a Linux VM to provide layer 3. You could...
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    What switch are you using for your home lab?

    10gigabit | Landing Pages | NETGEAR I run the Netgear Prosafe XS708E in my home lab. I'm able to hit full line rate out of many ports at once so there isn't a lot of over commit on the back plane as many think. It's super quiet if you keep it cool. I have a 120mm fan blowing over it to help...
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    Vmware - vDistributed Switch - Load Based Policy

    For those that scroll to the bottom... I added my break/fix to the top post.
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    Vmware - vDistributed Switch - Load Based Policy

    While the reach of this post might be small, I know a few important ones do read them. Does anyone use Distributed Switches with port groups configured with the Load Based policy and on vSphere v6? If you do....I have reason to believe that you should change to a different load balance policy...
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    4TB WD Red $130 after $20 NewEgg gift card - expired 12am PST 10-18

    Ugh the future needs to hurry the hell up.... I cant wait for the >30TB SSDs to release so the 4TB SSDs will make this $150 Red drive go away. Even after the release of the 6TB RED drives, the 4TB is still stuck at >$150 and we are lucky to see a 10% discount randomly. I have ten of these...
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    VMware View VDI environment -- limited to 2 CPU cores to VMs?

    What is the Guest OS for your desktop? Windows 7 64bit? I'm running Horizon View 6.1. I can select 1 or 2 sockets and up to 32 cores per VM. If I set the VM OS to Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT it only lets me select one socket and one core. Windows 2000 will allow 8...
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    HTPC Under TV Soundbar ?

    I'm looking for feedback if anyone has a TV with sound bar mounted to the wall for their HTPC setup and what Soundbar do you have or suggest? I have a TV with great picture but sound is lacking. My father in law has the Sonos Soundbar and it sounds great. But, for the $600 price tag, I...
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    Anyone use vRealize Operations Manager?

    I/We have vRops running across six different vCenters atm. We have them configured with the "large" setting, running on FusionIO cards and it still struggles "at scale." Configuration of permissions, integration with vCenters SSO, and authentication is challenging, even for VMWare. I know...
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    Can we talk vmware books for a moment?

    Just my two coppers if interested: I have my VCP5 and VCAP5 certs along with the vExpert badge. I manage over 15,000 VMs and deal with a ton of different requirements between networks, VMs, Applications, workloads etc. I have a PowerCLI site at and a new blog at...
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    One computer to rule them all

    From what I could pull from the softxpand site, it looks like two to four users can share a single PC. What it does not say is how you plan to plug in four monitors, four keyboards and four mice to one physical case. With your example, running all three cable fifty feet or more, through the...
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    Multi-Site Home Lab

    I've wanted to do this with my family. The idea of a large Family DFS share to store photos, and files we want to share. Granted online places like BOX etc can do the same thing. But, try teaching your 80 year old grand parents how to use BOX vs teaching them how to click on a short cut on...
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    Home lab, NAS, www on one machine, VMWare and Microserver Gen8 - considerations,help

    To answer the quick question about the NUC setup, storage space, and data resiliency: I'm using three Intel NUCs because three is the minimum needed for a real VSAN cluster. You can have Lots more if you like. The way VSAN works is it creates copies of the data on other systems. Its like...
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    Home lab, NAS, www on one machine, VMWare and Microserver Gen8 - considerations,help

    If you want super low power, super low heat, and very small foot print for a home lab to learn all that is VMware, check out my Intel NUC project. I have a three Node VSAN cluster running on three Intel NUCs. It pulls 50 watts, zero heat, zero noise and I can run some massive VMs (massive in...
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    Script to go from Distributed Port Group to Standard Port Group

    I just saw your question today! Let me know if you need any more help with the conversion script and Ill make something for you. Sadly, I migrate VMs back and forth between a vDS and standard switches frequently. I even migrate an entire set of hosts and VMs on a vDS to a new vDS when the vDS...
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    ESXI VSGA W7100 FirePro looks promising

    I've had this wish for a long time. Being able to feed the hardware into a VM to process the 3D or directX video and then reflect that performance over RDP or a View client. Ive tested with the NVidia grid and FirePro and the tech just isn't there for remote games. Ive even played a bit...
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    What is a good study guide for VCAP5-DCA

    I was handed a free test pass if I scheduled the test the following day. I spent six hours googling and took the exam at 8am and passed. I must say that is not the best way to take the test unless your job is living inside all that is VMware all day. Many things keep test takers from talking...
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    3000 USD budget VMware vSAN-capable lab

    I built my VSan lab with Intel i5 NUCs. Total of $2050 got me three of the following: Intel NUC i5 120GB msata sad 2TB 2.5 spinner 16Gb ram Two 1Gb wired ports (built in and a half length mini pcie nic) Eight port gig switch(six for the NUCs and two as uplinks to my lab switch. All three NUCs...
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    Setting up a home lab

    If you are just wanting hardware to "play" with, you could even consider using the Intel NUC. I just created a VSAN cluster with three i5 Intel NUCs. Each NUC has a 120GB msata SSD, a 2TB Samsung spinner, 16GB of ram and two wired network adapters (yes two - onboard and a mpcie nic under...
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    Anyone running ESXi on an Intel NUC? Questions on Ethernet adapters and Wifi passthru

    Quick update: Some quick screen shots of the three NUCs running VSAN. I did some quick ten second performance tests which didn't equate to anything "real world" but its up and running without issues. I'm trying to think of ways to stress test the cluster to show some "entertaining" data...
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    Anyone running ESXi on an Intel NUC? Questions on Ethernet adapters and Wifi passthru

    Lopoetve: I agree 100% running a NUC isn't VMware supported but: 1: A nuc only has a single msata SSD and one sata spinner so SCSI commands should queue up inside any controller or abort/kick a disk from any array. 2: The NUC config for a home lab won't be running massive cpu and memory...
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    L Shaped PC work desk

    IKEA has some great custom L shaped desks.
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    Anyone running ESXi on an Intel NUC? Questions on Ethernet adapters and Wifi passthru

    Syba SD-MPE24031. It is a Realtek adapter so you need to do some VIB work with the 5.5u2 build. Mounted in the half length slot and a Samsung MSATA drive above it.. It did take some "tweaking" to get it all screwed down. I almost considered getting a 120GB half length SSD for the bottom...
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    vmware (shared) storage for home lab esxi cluster

    You could always avoid shared storage and try out VSAN... . I'm slowly migrating to this setup now. Or local storage with a flash tier for cache. Maybe Pernix lovin.. I understand the need for share storage for HA and fully automated DRS, but if you just need "migration" ability, vCenter...
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    re: Hyper-V

    What CoW means to say is..... When you setup the networking in HyperV, make sure you either "share" the existing network adapter or install another physical network card in your windows 10 machine and use that new adapter for your virtual network. If your network dropped then you probably...
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    Time for a new home VM Server

    You may already have your answer above but I started out with large expensive servers for my home lab. The power bill started to get out of hand.... I now run a wad of VMs across some Intel i5 NUCs. My DMZ nuc uses 20 watts and is running two DB servers, two web servers and a small test vm I...
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    Anyone running ESXi on an Intel NUC? Questions on Ethernet adapters and Wifi passthru

    I got my i5 Intel NUC to run two wired NICs and two Drives. Time to play with VSan across three of these. Running ESXi 5.5u2b. I use the two NICs for management and DMZ separation ATM. Both can hit full Gbps line rate without issue.
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    Anyone running ESXi on an Intel NUC? Questions on Ethernet adapters and Wifi passthru

    Funny this popped up. I just started a mod project with my set of NUCs. I think I found a way to have two wired Ethernet and two drives (msata+sata ) in a single NUC. "VSAN love" My chips and mods arrive Friday, I will post my findings this weekend.... I know you are asking about wifi...
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    Antec EDGE 650W Power Supply Lucky Draw

    I need a new Antec Power Supply to replace my noisy Corsair!
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    How best to deploy 24 new hosts?

    I can rebuild 200-300 hosts (blades) in a single day. This includes: - Placing hosts into MMode, - Rebooting and booting to a PXE server - Having a special PXE image/iso that "clean" installs the ESXi image with extra drivers/vibs, console IP etc... - I then use PowerCLI and vCenter API...
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    How best to deploy 24 new hosts?

    I assume you have enterprise plus licenses? If not, that's an easy killer for Auto Deploy. Also, Host profiles are evil... My suggestion is to PXE boot a custom ISO that selects the SD to install to. If you can use the PXE method, you can avoid hitting the console and configuring the...
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    vCenter SQL DB grew 100 GB in 10 days

    I've had this happen many times. Check your maintenance jobs. You should have some cleanup tasks sched. If you don't have any or don't know which ones you need, hit the interwebs for a quick list. Quick links :
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    Large JBOD chassis without a backplane?

    If this Storage system was for a business that makes money, I would go SuperMicro 100%. I agree that their hardware and redundant power supplies are great. Since this is mostly for Lab and testing, I just need some sheet metal that can hold drives, damper the vibrations, and provide enough...