Enabling VNC for ESXi

Sometimes in home lab environments you don’t have access to resources like vCenter to look at the guest VM status via console. Fortunately, you can modify ESX to enable VNC to a guest VM and use any computer to get KVM access. Pre-requisites: Network connectivity from your client to the ESXi host Root SSH access … Read more Enabling VNC for ESXi

Ubuntu ZFS Samba share

In my previous posts regarding setting up ZFS on Ubuntu 16.04, I had referred to Aaron Toponce’s website on doing additional configuration to ZFS such as sharing via NFS or SMB. In the portion for SMB here: https://pthree.org/2012/12/31/zfs-administration-part-xv-iscsi-nfs-and-samba/, it seems that there is a couple more things to do. After running zfs set sharesmb=on pool/srv  and zfs share … Read more Ubuntu ZFS Samba share

ZFS on Ubuntu Linux

This guide discusses how to setup ZFS on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS, based from Aaron Toponce’s guide. Environment settings: Operating System: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Setting up your host: Installation of the ZFS repository # sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zfs-native/stable   Installation of ZFS dependencies # apt-get install spl-dkms   Installation of Ubuntu ZFS # apt-get install -y ubuntu-zfs … Read more ZFS on Ubuntu Linux

Finding the vCenter server

Ever wondered how do you find out what vCenter server is managing (or if there is any) a ESXi host? I’ve struggled for a while since there is no way via command line to see this information. vim-cmd, esxcli or esxcfg commands show nothing. I normally resorted to my Windows VM, launch the vSphere C# … Read more Finding the vCenter server

Speedtest-cli on Ubuntu

Speedtest.net is one of my de-facto go-to websites when doing a sanity check on my network for throughput. Unfortunately it requires the Adobe Flash Player plugin, so in certain circumstances its too much of a hassle to get Flash installed or poor graphics on a VM, etc. So good thing is that there is a … Read more Speedtest-cli on Ubuntu

vCSA 6.0 automated deployment

Doing the first batches of vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6.0 deployment was kinda…rough. Playing around with the OVA and getting annoyed at the web-based deployment option kind of slowed us down. At my current job we prefer vCSA’s for our Test and Dev environments and dont want to deal with Windows Server. Fortunately VMware has given … Read more vCSA 6.0 automated deployment

Discovering VMware ESX servers

My colleague Ashish Hanwadikar wrote a quick post on Linkedin on discovering ESX servers in the same subnet. Here is the post: “VMware ESX servers have SLP (Service Discovery Protocol) enabled by default making it easy to discover all ESX servers in a given subnet through any SLP client. For example, on linux, running the … Read more Discovering VMware ESX servers

Creating a bootable DOS image in Linux

Today, our cellphones are more powerful than a vintage supercomputer that helped NASA bring astronauts to the moon in 1969. With all the advancement in technology, some hardware manufacturers require you to flash BIOS or firmware with DOS. Okay maybe the comparison from hardware in 1969 and 2015 is a bit extreme, but you get … Read more Creating a bootable DOS image in Linux