Home-Lab Upgrade to vSphere 7

I’ve had a lot of questions on how my upgrade went to vSphere 7 in my home-lab. I thought I’d share how I was able to get vSphere 7 up and running on a lab using hardware that isn’t on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. So what you see here are 5 Dell R71 Servers,Continue reading “Home-Lab Upgrade to vSphere 7”

Configuring the VMware ESXi Dump Collector on vCenter 7

For those not familiar with this topic, it relates to a recent presentation I made at a VMware User Group virtual meeting around managing vSphere and some best practices. This also is applicable to a recent home-lab upgrade and wanted to provide a current method for configuring this setup and the lack of official supportContinue reading “Configuring the VMware ESXi Dump Collector on vCenter 7”

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for IT

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile and actually referenced Maslow in a personal blog about my past life and how I got into IT.  It really hit home a couple years ago when our SVP and GM of Security products at VMware, Tom Corn (thanks for the motivation Tom), started talk track around definingContinue reading “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for IT”

How to connect your 2.4 Ghz smart devices to a TP Link Deco M5 Mesh network

I decided to write this article due to the experience I had around upgrading my home wifi to a newer mesh setup. I chose the TP Link Deco M5 system for three reasons: cost, internet backhaul over ethernet, mobile device management. The challenge I ran into was around some smart home devices not being able toContinue reading “How to connect your 2.4 Ghz smart devices to a TP Link Deco M5 Mesh network”