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    Which would you recommend, UBNT or Cisco?

    I'm looking to upgrade my current HP 1810-24 v2 switch. I currently have a UBNT EdgeRouter X as well as several UBNT UAP-AC-LR access points. Right now I'm looking for something that supports layer 3 such as the Ubiquiti 24port EdgeMax (ES-24-LITE) or get a Cisco SG 300-28 28-port. Of these two...
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    VMware host-based antivirus

    We're in the process of setting up McAfee MOVE onto one of our new clusters. I couldn't tell you the price for it though.
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    How best to deploy 24 new hosts?

    @Nicholas - I agree with you regarding your hesitation about using Host Profiles. I have used them back in the 5.0 days and noticed some quirkiness. That said it seems Auto Deploy uses them a lot and while I'm certainly not a PowerCLI guy - if you have any links or additional information...
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    How best to deploy 24 new hosts?

    Yes we have enterprise plus licenses. @Nicholas, if not using Auto Deploy and host profiles, how would PXE booting directly to an ISO be any better?
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    How best to deploy 24 new hosts?

    Looks like I'm going to be playing around with Auto Cache for the next several days. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    How best to deploy 24 new hosts?

    In about 2-3 weeks time I will be receiving 24 new blades across 3 new chassis. Each blade consists of 4x E5-4640, 1.5TB RAM, 200GB SSD SAS, and 2x 2GB SD cards. My idea is to use the SD cards to install ESXi 5.5 U2, and maybe use the SSD for some sort of caching if possible (we use FC...
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    thin or zero clients recommendation for horizon 6?

    Alex, Having been in the same boat some time ago I'll share my thoughts. First I would contact several companies such as Dell, HP, 10zig, EVGA, Samsung, etc to have them each send you several units to demo. In most cases they are typically very happy to let you try their hardware. Second would...
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    Looking for Win Server 2012 Home Lab Advice

    This isn't entirely true, your motherboard also must support VT-d along with the CPU as well. (source). Most server boards do support VT-d but not all desktop motherboards.
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    Looking for Win Server 2012 Home Lab Advice

    Get yourself a Synology NAS and storage issue is no more. ;)
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    RDP connections for Server Foundation or Essentials?

    @dbwillis, thanks for the link! I did end up downloading the Essentials .ISO and spinning up a quick test VM. I was able to connect one RDP connection without being kicked off the console, the second RDP connection knocked out console. They are going to be using this mostly as a file server so...
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    I need a server

    I agree, for just 2-3 VM's - workstation would work just fine. If you're wanting to go the "hardware" route then an Intel NUC will certainly work. I use them in my home lab (http://miketabor.com/vmware-esxi-5-home-lab-upgrade/) and they perform beautifully for my needs.
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    RDP connections for Server Foundation or Essentials?

    I'm looking for a solution for a small business here in town, they are getting to the point where they need to have a small server to centrally locate files, printers, and so on. There are only 3 computers in the office so I'm thinking about going with either Server 2012 Foundation or...
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    Synology NAS boxes being hijacked to mine bitcoin (dogecoin)

    I know we have a number of users here that use Synology NAS boxes in their home labs so I felt it was appropriate to share this. Hacker Hijacks Synology NAS Boxes for Dogecoin Mining Operation, Reaping Half Million Dollars in Two Months - http://t.co/61sctK8ErM Here is a post on the...
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    VMware ESXi slow boot with RDM's

    FC I figured that would be the case and was afraid of that. Add this to another reason why I hate RDM's. :D
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    VMware ESXi slow boot with RDM's

    I have several hosts that have RDM's (they are the bane of my existence) which is causing VERY slow ESXi boot times (4+ hours). I know there is a KB on how to fix this by running: esxcli storage core device setconfig -d naa.id --perennially-reserved=true And I've already created a script...
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    2014 vExperts

    I've said it before and will say it again - with the list of names that make the vExpert I'm not sure how I'd be on there, but I'm honored to say I've made the list!
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    Fanless layer 3 switch

    Thanks guys. Looks like I found my new switch, SG300, now just gotta find a good deal on one. :D
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    Moving esxi 5.5 installation to new hardware

    I agree with Jason, just do a fresh install on the new ESXi host.
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    Fanless layer 3 switch

    I guess I don't need a full Layer 3 switch but more so the VLAN routing similar to what's found on the HP 1910 switches. @Mackintire - thanks, I'll look at the SG300. I'd prefer a 24 port but could get away with a 20 port. @Dizzy - the HP 1910 appears to use fan. I'd like to remain fanless.
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    Fanless layer 3 switch

    I currently use an HP 1810-24g v2 managed switch, it's fanless but only layer 2. I know HP has the 1910 but from what I can tell it has a fan. Is there a fanless layer 3 switch that you would recommend?
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    My VMware View Win7 Optimization Guide

    One way that "might" work is to setup a profile how you'd like all desktops to appear. Then use something like Windows Enabler, which is used to enabled grayed out features - in this case the copy profile button in windows. To copy said profile to the "default profile" which may keep your...
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    Intel nuc - Hyper V and HTPC

    I've not tried to dual purpose my NUC's but I do use the i5 NUC in my home lab running ESXi 5.5 without any issues. CPU usage is about 10% running vcenter, SQL, Plex media server, AD, and a windows 7 and damn small linux desktops.
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    Replacing NAS with VM host

    You could do that or slipstream the drivers into the ESXi ISO using ESXi-Customizer.
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    Replacing NAS with VM host

    ESXi 5.5 no longer supports by default but you can still get the needed drivers from the VMware depot. You'll need to allow httpClient on the host firewall: Then run the following command from command line: esxcli software vib install -d...
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    vExpert Applications Are Open!

    I really love that VMware does this even though I'm a bit intimated by it. Seeing people like Duncan Epping, Jason Nash, Frank Denneman, etc, etc, etc get this award - people on top of the top then I'm like "huh what can I do or share that they haven't?". Nonetheless still very neat that VMware...
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    Upgrade ESXi host using .ISO and command line?

    Prefer VUM and had used VUM for other hosts. This particular evening I was trying to update hosts on another network than the VUM Server and was looking for another alternative while a firewall change request was being submitted. Ultimately had to wait for the firewall change and now we're good...
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    Upgrade ESXi host using .ISO and command line?

    Using the DRAC and mounting the ISO as a virtual drive isn't using command line. ;) The contents of the ISO image and other zip bundles are completely different, it's not just a process of just changing the file format.
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    Upgrade ESXi host using .ISO and command line?

    Yeah I seen that PDF but it doesn't mention anything similar to the command I've posted above. It seems there isn't a way to perform a similar command as above using an ISO image.
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    Upgrade ESXi host using .ISO and command line?

    I have a Dell ESXi 5.1 host that I'd like to upgrade to 5.5 using the Dell VMware ESXi customized .ISO downloaded from Dell.com I'm familiar with upgrading a host using the .zip bundle running a command such as: esxcli software profile update -d...
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    What's the highest CPU Wait time you've seen?

    I'm actually one of about two others that are VCP certified. All of which agree with me. However with this project (gov) the developers and management are making the rules. Sure I can change it but only to get my hand slapped and changed right back. All I can do and continue to show them data...
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    Whitebox vs Server grade?

    If I had the space for it I too would go with a C1100 or C6100 setup. All the sellers I've seen on eBay offer free shipping, not sure where you're seeing a $300 shipping charge.
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    What's the highest CPU Wait time you've seen?

    It only gets better guys. In another insane move the developers and management has decided to move every other VM on one Dell M820 host and leave only this particular VM, still assigned 32vCPU's. Apparently they are running some kind of benchmark test and believe they should be getting higher...
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    What's the highest CPU Wait time you've seen?

    Correct me if I'm wrong but that 71% then has to be divided by 32 since the graph I posted above is a summation total and the VM has 32 CPU's. 71 / 32 = 2.22% You are correct. This is a SQL box and the CPU Idle and Wait are nearly identical, the CPU's are not being used much at all. I'm stuck...
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    What's the highest CPU Wait time you've seen?

    VM with 32vcpu and 96GB memory. :rolleyes:
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    Good SSD(s) for VM datastore?

    This Samsung is a highly regarded SSD. I run one in my laptop and am very pleased with it.
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    Which APC UPS for home LAB ?

    For home lab the CyberPower UPS PFC models make great UPS's. They are of decent price, nice features, user replaceable battery, and with the use of their PowerPanel Business Edition appliance which will allow you to automate the shutdown of your ESXi hosts in the event of a power outage.
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    $1,500-$1,600 budget for 2-node home VM setup

    jimpbreak, Most of the files are MKV but do have some mp4 files, all of which play just fine. My front room TV is a LG LM8600 and uses a DLNA player to play the files. In the bed room we use a Roku 2 XS. Both the Roku and LG are connected via Cat5 ran throughout the house.
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    $1,500-$1,600 budget for 2-node home VM setup

    My home lab consists of two Intel NUC i5's with a Synology DS412+. I've been very happy with the performance and one of the VM's it does run is a PLEX media server, I can watch shows on my front room and bedroom TV's without issue.
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    I was looking at the Plextor but their write speeds was much slower then the others I've looked at when comparing 30GB and 60/64GB models.
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    Best mini linux distro browser only

    If you're looking for private browsing then check out Tails.
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