VMware VMUG – Hello From My Home Lab Goes International – Episode 5

Well I might as well link this here seeing as it’s on Twitter and various other places! I had the pleasure of doing a web session with Lindy from VMware for the ‘Hello From My Home Lab’ series and it’s been up on YouTube and I think showing at VMworld 2018. I’ve been meaning to … Read moreVMware VMUG – Hello From My Home Lab Goes International – Episode 5

Home Lab Storage and Network Upgrade

I’m a huge advocate of home lab equipment – it’s one of the best ways to learn and grow as an IT engineer or whatever your job title names you. Having stuff you can intentionally break then try to fix or to test something so you are ten times more confident doing it for real … Read moreHome Lab Storage and Network Upgrade

Microsoft Server 2016 and System Center and SQL Oh My!

Well it’s finally here – Microsoft Server 2016 has been released and is now generally available (GA). I’ve been messing around with the technical previews since they first came out and I eagerly awaited the final release. It is now time for me to start rebuilding a large portion of my home lab environment and … Read moreMicrosoft Server 2016 and System Center and SQL Oh My!

pfSense DNS Resolution for DHCP Leases

Name resolution makes life easier for everything so today I’ll show you how I’ve setup my pfSense device to perform DNS resolution on devices registered via pfSense DHCP.   pfSense General Setup – Domain In this example I’m going to use the default domain name configured with pfSense. Obviously this should be tweaked for your … Read morepfSense DNS Resolution for DHCP Leases

Why I’m Using VMware ESXi In My Home Lab

A question came to me recently concerning my use of VMware ESXi on my home lab servers rather than Microsoft Hyper-V. I should of course acknowledge there are other options such as Linux and various other hypervisors but let’s stay on point for now. At work I run both ESXi and Hyper-V, there are certainly … Read moreWhy I’m Using VMware ESXi In My Home Lab

Intel X552/X557-AT Network Adapter Driver Installation on VMware ESXi

My home lab is comprised of two Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers which utilise the Intel Xeon-D system on chip (SoC) CPU. This chip has built in 10Gb Ethernet support and provides two ports for cool stuff like storage/vMotion/VSAN etc. We also have two 1Gb NICs, again provided through the SoC. Unfortunately the standard installation of VMware ESXi … Read moreIntel X552/X557-AT Network Adapter Driver Installation on VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client Installation

Today I’m going to install the VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client software on one of my Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T lab servers. This is a VMware fling I’ve kept an eye on since it’s first release and much as I would like to see it on our production systems it isn’t’ something we have signed off on … Read moreVMware ESXi Embedded Host Client Installation

Configure Cisco SG300 Switch Layer 3 Mode

The Cisco SG300 switch series can act as a standard layer 2 switch or be enabled for layer 3 functionality. Typically the switch will come in layer 2 mode (also called switch mode in the CLI). There are a couple of ways layer 3 functionality can be enabled and I will demonstrate them both below. … Read moreConfigure Cisco SG300 Switch Layer 3 Mode

Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T Servers First Look

Yay! Today my Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers arrived which will make up my home lab along with the Cisco SG300-20 switch. The microservers pack one hell of a punch, let me give you some quick specs. 8 core Xeon-D 1541 SoC (System on Chip) which includes hyper-threading and every feature you can think of enabled 128GB … Read moreSupermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T Servers First Look

Cisco SG300-20 Switch First Look

Today I received my Cisco SG300-20 network switch – part of the new lab environment I am putting together at home. It’s a 20 port gigabit switch with layer 3 functionality. The unit itself looks very nice as you might expect from a Cisco switch and importantly for me is passively cooled so no noise! … Read moreCisco SG300-20 Switch First Look