Labbing is an important way to improve your skills and gain experiences with new technologies! There are tons of ways to Lab with a lot of professionals transitioning from Physical to Virtual Labs especially with CML, GNS3 and EVE-NG. In my Lab, I have been using a lot of Virtual Appliances (CSR, FTDv, PALOv, ESXI, … Continue reading Automating CSR and ESXI Deployments with Ansible!
Upgrade to ESXI 7.0 U1 with the CLI
ESXI 7.0 U1 is here and it is time to upgrade! Normally upgrading ESXI would involve Update Manager and vCenter but in a situation where you have a single host and vCenter runs on that host, your upgrade options are limited. To start the upgrade process, you will need to download and upload (to a … Continue reading Upgrade to ESXI 7.0 U1 with the CLI
Upgrading the VCSA with an ISO
vCenter 7 is here! vCenter 7 is here! vCenter 7 is here! Let's Patch! Alright it's been a few months since vCenter 7 has been released, and there have been a few patches that have been released since Day 1 to fix some of the graphical and runtime issues. Let's take a look at the … Continue reading Upgrading the VCSA with an ISO
Horizon – Installing the Connection Server
This is the first installment of a "Mini-Series" about VMware Horizon. I recently passed my VCP-DTM (Desktop and Mobility) and a lot of my knowledge came/comes from my home lab. If you are looking to install and play with Horizon this series will get you started! The connection server is at the center of any … Continue reading Horizon – Installing the Connection Server
Migrate VMNICs from vDS to vSS with ESXCLI (No vCenter)
Recently, I had to migrate my VMNIC bindings from my Distributed Switches to my Standard Switches. Since my vCenter instance was being restored from backup (Failed 7.0 Update), I had to revert back to the ESXCLI. Step 1: Validate Current vDS Switch Settings esxcli network vSwitch dvs vmware list Step 2: Remove NIC from vDS … Continue reading Migrate VMNICs from vDS to vSS with ESXCLI (No vCenter)
Its is with great excitement that I have been chosen to be a vExpert for 2019. I can't explain how exciting this is for me. The vExpert certification has been something I have been going after for about 3 years since I started working with VMware and I am glad to finally be apart of … Continue reading vExpert 2019
vSphere for Mobile
Earlier this month VMWare releases a fling called vSphere Mobile Client. If you are unfamiliar with VMWare Flings, let me get you up to speed. A fling is an application or add-on that is created by VMWare Engineers that often solve a specific problem with the VMWare stack. Most flings will end up being converted … Continue reading vSphere for Mobile
Are you using content library’s? Cause you should be!
Background A few versions back VMWare introduced Content Libraries as a way to store and organize data within your VMWare environment. Content Libraries allows admins to store common data (ISO Images, OVF Templates and Templates) in a central repository. Gone are the unorganized datastore folders and searching through each one to find the correct version … Continue reading Are you using content library’s? Cause you should be!
Creating the port groups with PowerCLI
Now that NECCDC is over, I can share some details on how the environment was setup. More specifically how the virtual networking was setup. We had just about 35 vlans in total and all of them needed to be leveraged in the virtual environment for Red/White team jump boxes. I could have manually created 70 … Continue reading Creating the port groups with PowerCLI
Fixing the Invalid Certificate on PowerCLI
I have recently been working on a fair bit of PowerCLI for a Cyber Defense competition called NECCDC. Every time, when I connect to vCenter, I receive this following error. This error occurs when the default VMWare certificates are not replaced with trusted/matching ones. To resolve this, you need to run the following command. Set-PowerCLIConfiguration … Continue reading Fixing the Invalid Certificate on PowerCLI