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

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

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

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


This is a utility that sets Access Control Lists (ACLs) for files and directories for linux hosts.  I’m managing a Linux host on AWS and a design firm is working on the website itself. Even though the host itself is a sandbox webserver, I don’t want to give out root credentials – so we set … Read more