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How-to: Netscaler VPX Express Deployment

The Netscaler VPX Express is a great tool to test and play with Netscalers at no cost to you. Great for home labs and even testing various things. It is pretty well featured. You can find out more about the Netscaler VPX Express here in a previous blog...
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VMware Fling : VIB Author – Custom ESXi installs

VMware has announced another fling which I always enjoy trying. This fling will allow users to make a customized vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB). Previously this was only available to VMware partners such as Cisco, Dell etc to make customized install...
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VMware HOL Online – Public Beta Registration is now Open!

Back in 2011 I blogged about VMworld online Hands On Labs (HOL) going live in 2012 and they are coming. I was a little worried it wasn't going to happen as I expected this to happen earlier in the year for the 2011 VMworld HOLs based upon the news in t...
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Home Lab – a great resource

I have been looking at building a lab for quite some time, years actually. Well I finally pulled the trigger, which I couldn't do without the support of my company Varrow and my wife. Check out Jason Nash's blog post on "In Support of the Home Lab" on how Varrow really takes it to the next level for supporting home labs and I think other companies should step up and help their employees too as
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Autolab 1.0 Released

A while back I blogged about the Autolab (which I have used on Fusion as well as Workstation) for testing new things and training for certifications as well as live demos. This has proven a very valuable resource for me and it will be for you as well. ...
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Autolab – Packaged VMware Nested Lab

Recently Autolab, a new tool promising to make deploying your labs a LOT easier was released. I deployed my new lab yesterday using this tool and it couldn't be simpler. Autolab <!--BEGIN .entry-content .article--> This lab builder kit is designed to produce a nested vSphere 5.0 or 4.1 lab environment with the minimum effort. Prebuilt shell VMs are provided along with automation for the
Also posted in Automation, ESX, ESXi, VMware | Comments closed

In Support of the Home Lab….the Varrow way.

A couple of challenges that a lot of us in the industry face are that of keeping our skills sharp and having the capability to learn new products and technologies.  At Varrow we have a very fundamental engineering culture.  The company was built around that and it’s something we constantly work to grow and foster. [...]
Also posted in cisco, Home Lab, Storage, Synology, varrow, VMware, vsphere | Comments closed

Lab Gear Review: Synology DS212+

If you read my lab posts or talk to my about lab gear it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Synology NAS boxes and for good reason.  I personally bought two, a DS1010+ for my vSphere lab and a DS1511+ for lab, media, and home storage/backup.  They have both been nothing but reliable…true workhorses. [...]
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Bring Back VMTN! For Us and You VMware.

Several years ago VMware had a program called VMware Technology Network, or VMTN for short.  If you’re familiar with TechNet it was very similar.  You paid a subscription fee and had access to products and licenses for testing, evaluation, etc.  It was a good program…and it was a program that VMware killed back in early [...]
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