Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

Building a Home Lab for #PowerCli Testing – Notes of a scripter

Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

After taking the PowerCli HOL from VMware, I been thinking of putting together a home lab. I been reading a lot of information about others bloggers using Mini PCs- such as the Intel NUCs, Mac Minis, and even custom built whitebox servers. Unfortunately, being a father of 3 kids means I have to be on a tight budget, and at the same time I don’t want to skimp and have a under powered home lab. I would also like the equipment to be quiet and fan-less if at all possible.

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It’s that time of the Year….

It’s already that time of the Year again… VMworld is just over the horizon. Registration is open and Early Bird pricing ends on June 6 and the Content catalog should be available June 21.

This is going to be my 12th VMworld and as always I’m really looking forward to it. For me the sessions isn’t the biggest part any longer. For me the most important part is now the networking and the chance to talk with some really amazing people. The hole community is very open and welcoming so even if it’s your first VMworld don’t be afraid to approach the Guru’s. They are almost always ready to help you and answer your questions. VMworld is a great opportunity to mingle with your peers and there is a lot of value to gain from visiting the Solution Exchange. Plan what sessions you want and when you hit the barrier where you just can’t process more information take a break and visit the Solution Exchange or try out a lab.

If you should run in to me then please come and say hi 😀


The end of the C# Client

VMware has announced that the C# Client will not be a part of the next version of vSphere.

What is the consequence of that decision for us admins? For a little while the embedded client has been available as a fling. This Embedded client is intended to be the tool for administrating the ESXi host directly without vCenter. The fling is now a part of vSphere 6.0 Update 2. As long as the ESXi Host web service is running we are able to administer the Host. My concern is that in the past I have seen Hosts where the web service has crashed but where I was still able to connect to the host with the C# Client and I don’t want to loose this option.

The Web Client has been much improved in vSphere 6 but in my opinion it is still not stable enough or fast enough. What really annoy me is that the status of running tasks is not updated fast enough compared to the C# Client.

Hopefully the new HTML5 Client is coming to the rescue. It is available as a fling but not yet full featured.
I hope that VMware gets this new Client fully ready very fast. It is very promising. If you haven’t tried it out do yourself the favor and get started.