Tag Archive: lab

Feb 21

Automated vSphere Lab Deployment Script

Very handy! @lamw has put together an automated lab deployment script which will deploy a 3 host nested vCenter/ESXi/VSAN/NSX Lab. It supports vSphere 6.0 Update 2 and vSphere 6.5. The scripts provide a fully deployed and ready to use lab in under an hour! A full write up and links to the scripts can be …

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Dec 15

Lab Deployment PowerCLI Script for TCC VMware ICM Class

Finished up another successful vSphere 6 Install Configure Manage class at Tidewater Community College last week. Time to re-provision the lab environments to get things ready for the next class.. This is a PowerCLI Script I put together to help automate the lab deployment for TCC VMware IT Academy classes.

Mar 24

Nested vSphere 6 VSAN Lab

Here is a quick walk through on creating a Nested vSphere 6 VSAN Lab. The lab requires three nested ESXi 6.0 hosts each configured with three hard disks and a VCSA 6.0. This post covers creating the nested ESXi hosts and configuring a VSAN cluster.

Mar 17

AutoLab with vSphere 5.5 Support!

In case you missed it AutoLab 1.5 has been released and includes support for vSphere 5.5. The ability to lab up VSAN is also supported in this version. AutoLab automates the deployment of a nested VMware lab either in VMware Workstation (or Fusion) or on ESXi.

May 27

Updating to ESXi 5.1 Update 1 with the Offline Bundle

Update 1 for ESXi 5.1 has been out for a few weeks now. I had a few minutes of downtime so I decided to go ahead and update the host running my home lab. Not for any specific reason other than I had some time and wanted to get to the latest version.

Dec 14

PowerCLI Script to Shutdown My Home Lab

Ran across a PowerCLI script that can be used to shutdown your virtual infrastructure written by Alan Renouf and thought it would be pretty handy to use to automate shutting down my home lab. The original script attempts to shutdown VMs “cleanly” using Shutdown-VMGuest. Shutdown-VMGuest attempts to shutdown the VMs OS and requires that VM …

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