vCenter with Embedded Platform Services Controller Install

With the core infrastructure of my lab setup it’s now time to install vCenter to make management of my servers much easier. Prerequisites Before we begin it is important to add your desired vCenter name into your DNS before you try to install your appliance. If you forget to do this it will result in the appliance failing to install and you will need to […]

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Creating a Virtual Machine in vSphere

Creating a Virtual Machine in vSphere

To create a virtual machine login to vSphere and: Click on Virtual Machines Select Create/Register VM This will initiate the virtual machine creation wizard. Click Create a new virtual machine and click Next The next page allows you to configure the following: Name: Give your VM a name. Best Practices is to give it the same name as the intended hostname Compatibility: Generally you will […]

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Configuring vSphere Networking (Basic Setup)

Configuring vSphere Networking (Basic Setup)

Continuing from my previous post of configuring vSphere’s web management, I am now I am going to login to my newly accessible admin page and configure my networking. Please note that because this is my lab and I am limited on available NICs, this setup is not best practices. I’d also note that I have seem numerous small business operate on a very similar configuration […]

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Configuring vSphere Web Management

Configuring vSphere Web Management

After a fresh install of vSphere on a host it can only be accessed via a directly connected keyboard and monitor. To configure vSphere so you can access the network management press the F2 key at the following screen. At the authentication screen you will want to use root for the login name and whatever password was entered during the initial installation. Once you have […]

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Installing vSphere

Installing vSphere

Installing vSphere is a pretty straight forward process. Once you boot off your media that contains the vSphere installation files you will be greeted by the VMware welcome screen. Press F11 to accept the EULA and continue Next VMware will want to know where to install vSphere. This is probably the only part in the installation process where thought consideration needs to take place. I’d […]

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Creating a Bootable VMware ESXi USB Drive

Creating a Bootable VMware ESXi USB Drive

vSphere installer comes in an ISO format however VMware doesn’t have any official tool to convert that image to a bootable USB drive. The 3rd party tool Rufus is the quickest and easiest way to convert that image so you can load vSphere on those hosts that don’t have a CD-ROM drive. The steps are pretty simple: From the drop down select your USB drive […]

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