Intel NUC HomeLab BOM

Have finally decided to sell my Intel NUC based VMware vSphere home lab, it’s not being used anymore as I’m fortunate to have access to more powerful hardware at work. In summary, it’s 4 nodes with a total of 16 cores (32 threads) of 2.9GHz (boost to 3.5GHz), 224GB memory, and 2TB storage. Essentially everything you need, bar a switch,…

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All Things VMware Tanzu Mission Control at VMworld 2020

VMworld 2020 is just around the corner with hundreds of amazing sessions. Here I have compiled a list of those that cover VMware Tanzu Mission Control   Live MAP2868 – Manage Policy and Security for Kubernetes Clusters across teams and clouds – Eryn Muetzel MAP2786 – Expert Round-table – Everything you need to know about Tanzu Mission Control – Eryn…

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PKS NSX-T Home Lab – Part 3: Core VMs

Intro In the previous post in this series we installed ESXi 6.7 on the NUC’s, performed some networking and storage configuration. In this post we are going to deploy some VMs, or core VMs as I call them, on the NUCs such as VCSA, a domain controller, jumps, and a virtual router appliance. Again, like I have said previously, this…

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PKS NSX-T Home Lab – Part 2: NUC setup

Intro In the previous blog post we went through the kit required to setup a home lab. In this post we will cover setting up the NUCs which includes installing ESXi and configuring the base network. As previously mentioned, this series will not be detailed step by step but more so pointers as I believe those installing PKS with NSX-T…

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PKS NSX-T Home Lab – Part 1: Shopping List

Intro The goal of this series of blog posts is to cover how to standup a VMware PKS (with NSX-T) home lab from the ground up. This will be a manual process, aka “the hard way”, not using any automation to stand it all up. I believe if you understand “the hard way” then its a lot easier to troubleshoot…

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