HomeLab and nested ESXi server

After an short weekend with a minimal of sleep … I’m done my Homelab is up and running. Furthermore I have created an template of an nested ESXi (virtualized ESXi). These nested ESXi are perfect for testing of Powershell scripts which I use to initial configure an new ESXi. Next steps which I have planned is to migrate my existing scripts to Powershell 2.0 modules and additionally extend the useability of it. So hopefully it will be possible to enter the IP into an GUI and select per SelectBox different configurations and than just hit configure. πŸ™‚…

First testing results …

I have created some virtual machines on my HP Microserver and with 4 powered on VM’s he is running fine. The only problem is the current installed memory πŸ™ I have only 4GB, but this will be changed asap. Furthermore I have ordered the HP Microserver Remote Kit … this is something like an small iLO adapter. Hopefully he will arrive tomorrow or latest Saturday. πŸ™‚ I’m going to write an new Post regarding this adapter, after some time of testing.

Does anyone know a way to get an vSphere 5 license which contains more than 60 days just for my Homelab? …

Homelab extension

Yesterday I have ordered the new HP Microserver N40L. This will extend my existing Homelab as second ESXi server.

Hardware specs HP Microserver N40L:

* AMD Turion II Neo N40L (1.5GHz)
* 2GB Memory installed (up to 8GB possible)
* 1x 250GB SATA HDD installed (up to 4 SATA HDD possible)
* Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter

Planned upgrades:

* Memory upgrade to 8GB
* replacement/upgrade of Harddisk to 4x 2TB
* HP Microserver Remote Adapter Kit
* SATA/SAS Raid Controller

My existing Homelab:

* 1x HP ML115 G5 AMD Quad Core Opteron
* 8GB Memory
* multiple different Harddisks (2x 3,5″ 160GB; 2x 2,5″ 120GB … )

Currently missing but planned to be ordered:

* Shared Storage based on an Hardware appliance (Qnap, Iomega or equal)
* 2nd HP Microserver…

Change HA settings for virtual machines using Powershell

Using this small script it is possible to change the HA settings for multiple virtual machines in an HA cluster.


– multiple virtual machines all with Name XXX-console

HA restart policy possible values:


Connect-VIServer -Server VCENTER-IP -User USER -Password PASSWORD

$Cluster = "CLUSTERNAME"
$vms = Get-VM -Location $Cluster -Name "*-console" | sort

foreach ($vm in $vms) {
	Write-Host $vm
	$result = $vm | Set-VM -HARestartPriority:Low -Confirm:$false

Disconnect-VIServer -Server VCENTER-IP -Force:$true -Confirm:$false

vCenter Appliance – VDR 2.0 – VSA

After the 3 days of vSphere 5 training. I would like to point out 3 interesting components.

First of all the new vCenter appliance. This is based on SUSE linux. This is a really cool thing for the private Homelab as it is ready to use including an database and there are no Windows and MS SQL licenses necessary. Just deploy the OVF and boot the appliance. After the boot process has been finished point your browser to https://vCenterIP:5480. Login with User root/vmware, accept the EULA and start with the configuration of the database. The next step is to start the vCenter from the Status tab and that’s it. Now you should be able to access the vCenter using your vSphere client.

Second one is the new VDR 2.0. It is the major upgrade of the existing VDR 1.2.1 which was more or less useless as it was really buggy. …

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] training

I will be on an VMware training next week. πŸ™‚

Course Description:

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of
VMware vSphereβ„’, which consists of ESXi and vCenter Server. The course is based
on ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for
taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.…

60% back online …

After a long night round about 60% of my environment is back online. I’m still facing issues especially with my homepage, because the backup of my appliance was defect. That is the reason why I have now a new design. The new look and feel will be slightly changed in some days to better re-present xmsoft.…

New content will follow soon …

As you can imagine I’m currently busy in restoring as much data as possible. Therefore it will take some time until the next new post at this site. Additionally I’m working on an new bullet proof backup concept for my virtual environment.…