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    So if you were told to put together a Toolkit for a data center...

    Long-reach locking forceps (don't remember the "official" term for them).
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    Monitoring temps

    I'm having an issue that I think is heat related but would like to make sure before I plop down a bunch of money on a new cpu-cooler(s). Running ESXi5.1 on a Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 with an AMD FX-8320, 32gb RAM. NO overclocking. Last night I was copying some 100+gb to datastores for a project...
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    Which version is most stable?

    Due to a number of reasons, I have had my home lab down and out for quite some time. Now that things are stabilizing for the family, I feel that it is time to bring it back. BUT, what version should I use? I have licenses for these (as well as the associated updates): 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, & 6.0...
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    Best way to bring Wifi into RV?

    Let me make sure I got this down. - Nanostation to grab the signal - An AirMax to bring down into the RV/Motorhome. In effect, I would be creating a wireless bridge, kinda like a microwave setup, eh? Questions: Would I still need the WRT54G to provide the WiFi in the motorhome (I have 2...
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    Best way to bring Wifi into RV?

    Currently living/working in our RV while we are looking for a new home. Most RV parks have WiFi which works for my purpose IF I am outside. Once I step into the RV it is like stepping into a Faraday cage, i.e., the signal strength drops to almost useless levels. What I'd like to be able to...
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    Cisco Network and Switch for CCNA Practice

    Turns out I'm looking for a couple of routers and switch for a home lab myself. Ebay looks attractive but having a hard time navigating whether or not the boxes come with the IOS or not. Almost all the ones I've looked at say "Tested and in working condition" but no mention of what version...
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    Best use for a bunch of SATA drives?

    I'm curious as to the make/model of the 6-port SATA controller. Also,Dalfo002, I'd love to know where to find these 1068e cards you are talking about for $30 or less. All I've found so far are $50-200. Red Squirrel, you hit it on the head. Treating these drives as tapes is exactly how I'm...
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    Best use for a bunch of SATA drives?

    I have come into possession of a bunch of SATA drives ranging in size from 160gb to 2tb. Specifically: 2 - 160gb 1 - 300gb 3 - 400gb 1 - 320gb 1 - 500gb 1 - 2tb At the moment I'm using them as backup-media, i.e., plugging them into a spare power-supply and an eSATA, mounting them...
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    Backing up my Datastore

    Let me state right up front that I'm NOT interested in backing up VMs (at this moment anyway). I build and tear down VMs in my home lab a lot. What I am interested in backing up, as efficiently as possible, is my Datastore of ISOs that I use to build the VMs with. I have about 400gb worth...
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    Free version of Vcenter / Vcenter Appliance ??

    Very true. AND, history does repeat itself--especially in the tech world where the executives who make the decisions have very short memories and whose ego will always get in the way. Bill W
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    Free version of Vcenter / Vcenter Appliance ??

    Danswartz interpreted my question correctly. So if I don't need to move to HWv10 I'm okay--for the moment. I get that. And, in my case that should not be necessary for another couple of years so I'm ok with staying with ESXi 5.1. But I do see handwriting on the wall becoming more legible and...
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    Free version of Vcenter / Vcenter Appliance ??

    Maybe I should start another thread for this but I guess it is ok to hijack my own topic. ;) Simple question: Does this (the release of ESXi 5.5 and no free Vcenter) signal the beginnings of end of "free" VMware? Should I start looking into VirtualBox or other platforms? Bill W
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    Free version of Vcenter / Vcenter Appliance ??

    Kinda figured that might be the case (no free Vcenter) and that I might have to use the eval copy. DID NOT know, however, that it would not work with the free version of ESXi. That was a bit of a surprise, but kinda makes sense if I stare at the wall long enough. :eek: Thanks...
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    Free version of Vcenter / Vcenter Appliance ??

    I would like to see what all the hub-bub is about with regards to Vcenter. I have the free version of ESXi5.1 (U1 I believe). But everytime I try to get a copy of VCSA I get a message that basically says, "I'm not worthy". Is there a version of Vcenter/Vcenter Appliance that is free and if...
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    Bring ESXi vm into VMworkstation?

    Well, this is weird. :eek: I knew about the "Export OVF template" command but when I to use it several days ago, it was grayed out--unselectable. I just figured that was because of my using the free version of ESXi. So today, I tried it again. I CAN select it now. :confused: I did...
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    Bring ESXi vm into VMworkstation?

    Kewl. I'll give that a shot. Of course, it dawns on me that I could just create a new VM in workstation and not worry about moving from ESXi...... Bill W
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    Bring ESXi vm into VMworkstation?

    The company has gotten VMworkstation v9.02 for my laptop. I have a couple of VMs on my home ESXi5.1 system that I would like to bring onto my laptop. Maybe I'm missing something but I don't see a command or menu option to "export". Can I do this and if so what is the best way? as always...
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    Why is my network not networking?

    Yes, adding the static route to the WAN router did the trick. As for the 172.x network: Actually there are a several reasons for having it. 1) it mimics my work development lab which is physically over in England. 2) it isolates work from home 3) The software I use/test from work is tied to an...
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    Why is my network not networking?

    :eek: @#$@$#%^@#!@#$% I knew I was overlooking something!!! NOT sure why the WAN would have lost its static route because I did NOT touch it. You would think that as long as I have been in this business (~30yrs) I would have known by now NOT to assume anything about any equipment. Let...
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    Why is my network not networking?

    So here is my current network setup: I redid the whole thing the other day when I got some larger disks for the datastores. Decided to "simplify" the original setup and do away with separate systems for router and DHCP server. SO I built a RH 5.4 system to route between the 10.0.0.0 &...
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    I broke my DNS (named) server and can't get up!

    Well, I did some more basic tests like ping 8.8.8.8 and it seems I have somehow messed up my routing as well as the DNS. OR maybe just the routing. I dunno. Think I'll tear it all down and start from the beginning, which I should have done in the first place. Testing as eash "phase" goes...
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    I broke my DNS (named) server and can't get up!

    redhat.com will yield redhat.com.wcwlab.com. When I point my PC to the ISPs DNS server(s) I get the correct response, i.e., it gives me the IP addresses for redhat.com. Bill W.
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    I broke my DNS (named) server and can't get up!

    I made more than one change to my home DNS server at one time (stupid, I know). Now, when I attempt to resolve a name from the internet like google.com or redhat.com, it doesn't. Going into nslookup and setting debug, I see the following (wcwlab.com & wcwhome.com are my domains that I am...
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    Not your Grandpa's stereo: Plays vinyls, music over Wi-Fi, and classic arcade games

    Are you not worried about the speakers rattling the tone-arm? Or did you somehow isolate the turntable? Awesome job. :D
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    Whitebox ESXI 5.1 Hardware Recommendation

    But the passthrough must also be enabled at the BIOS level. As for booting from USB, did you install on the USB? Silly question I know, but..... When I did my initial installationi, I just put the CD in, booted from CD and then the install program took over. Gave me a list of places to...
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    Whitebox ESXI 5.1 Hardware Recommendation

    [I have an FX-8120 with the Gigabyte 990 mobo, 32gb RAM and at the moment I'm running 5 machines without breaking a sweat. Here's the list: VM_1 -- Running DD-wrt. 1 CPU, 64mb RAM. This is my router between my two vswitches VM_2 - 1 CPU, 2gb RAM running Win-XP pro. Just for testing stuff...
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    Esxi home server

    +1 on the 990-UD3. I have one with an FX-8120 (should have gotten an 8350 but that's a whole 'nuther story). I maxed it with 32gb G-skill and have been very happy. I put esxi on a 4gb USB drive. Keep in mind it uses like 1gb or less so unless you can only find 8gb sticks, there is no need...
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    Deleting snapshots

    Not to try and hijack the thread but your mentioning of consolidation has me wondering: What's the best practice with regards to consolidating and snapshots? Consolidate, then snap (which is what I have been doing)? As for the OP's question, I'm not an expert by any stretch of the...
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    Recommendations on ESXi 5.1 build

    I'm running the gigabyte 990-UD3 and an AMD 8120 with 32gb ram. A bit more than what you wanted to spend but I'm really happy with the final config and performance. Bill W
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    New NIC, Unforseen gotcha

    Hmmmm. Well a lot of weird things happen to systems in my house. Sometimes I'd swear the house is over an Indian burial mound. 8-) Bill W
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    vswitch/virtual net configuration question

    Well, good to know that I was on the right track. Just don't understand why throughput was so bad. I don't have the exact numbers in front of me but instead of a gigbit ethernet speed it more like a half-bit speed. The "router" system was a RH 6.4 system with two nics, one on each vswitch, 1...
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    vswitch/virtual net configuration question

    This scenario is for a home lab environment. So it does not have to be an "elegant" solution :) I'm working with ESXi5.1 running on an AMD 8120 plugged into a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 mobo with 32g RAM. This board has a RealTek NIC and I have a dual-port Intel Pro 1000 plugged into one of the...
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    New NIC, Unforseen gotcha

    Thanks for that tip. Got things mostly back to "normal". HIndsight suggests that I should have realized there might be some changes. OH well, live and learn, which is the whole reason I have this system. Bill W
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    New NIC, Unforseen gotcha

    Well, didn't see this coming. Not sure if I should post here or over in the network forum. Think I'll try here first. Received my new-to-me but used Intel Pro 1000 PT dual-port today and slapped it into my ESXi 5.1 box. Disabled the RealTek interface on the mobo, unplugged it, and powered...
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    Any reason this NIC would not work?

    Thanks for that. I had lost touch with all the various flavors of PCI. Wasn't sure where PCI-X was in relation to PCI-e or PCI-v3 or whatever is out there. Figured there had to be a reason no one was jumping on those J1679 boards. At $10-15/ea I figured they would be getting snapped up by...
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    Any reason this NIC would not work?

    Looking to add DELL J1679 DUAL INTEL PRO 1000 MT GIGABIT NIC to my ESXi5.1 system running on a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 mobo. Just want to be sure I'm not going to smoke something when I connect it up. IF I should NOT use, what would you recommend? I'm needing an inexpensive dual or quad NIC...
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    virtualization experiment. Any advice?

    Like Mother's Day crowds. OR if you are in New Orleans, the weekend before Mardi Gras. OR any other large event that may hit the restaurant. It is hard to simulate that type of traffic but you should at least think about it carefully. Bill W
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    Building an ESXi whitebox

    Sorry about being so late is replying--work sometimes gets in the way of play. I'm using non-ECC memory, the G-skill stuff that was posted. System has been just solid as a rock for me. I am however, thinking of changing out the CPU-cooler to something a bit more efficient/better so I can...
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    Cooler Master Scout 2 Camo Edition

    Nice shots. Oh, and the case looks good too. ;)
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    Connecting to campground WiFi

    Hmmm, Not familiar with that brand but a look at their website leads me to believe I would need a pair? One at the sending end and one at the receiving end? Or am I looking at this wrong for this brand?
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