How to build latest VMware ESXi ISO image for Intel NUC 4th generation

When it comes to building cheap and reliable home lab Intel NUC computers are huge success. Their low power consumption and small footprint makes them perfect for almost any kind of home lab, including building a VSAN lab. Recently I ran into the issue where I needed an additional network card for my NUC. I needed to transfer vCenter server from iSCSI storage, to a VSAN datastore on the same host. Continue reading “How to build latest VMware ESXi ISO image for Intel NUC 4th generation”

All Flash vSAN – How to tag an SSD disk as storage tier

Traditional vSAN is the combination of cache component based on flash storage and capacity layer based usually on traditional magnetic disks. Since v6.0, vSAN supports All Flash storage. In other words, both the caching and the storage layer can be made up from flash based storage, like SSD is. Here I will cover how to use the command line to perform device tagging. For GUI version, please refer to the article in the section Related Posts on the bottom of this page. Continue reading “All Flash vSAN – How to tag an SSD disk as storage tier”

How to block ads with local DNS server

Before you proceed with this tutorial, there are few prerequisites you need to fulfil. First, you either local server or server on the Internet that you (can) use as your own DNS server, second, you need skills to install and configure Linux based DNS server – Bind, third, you need a second IP address if you already have web server running on your primary IP address. I will focus on Raspberry Pi running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Snappy Ubuntu Core). Continue reading “How to block ads with local DNS server”