VMware PowerCLI – Create Port Groups Script

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Hello and welcome to all VMware admins. For the few of us who have an enterprise scale VMware environment with hundreds of VLANs and servers, setting up a new VLAN on all our ESXi hosts can be a daunting task. That’s why I came up with this script that will make our life easier and […]

Installing and Configuring Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016

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This is the first of a series of step-by-step tutorials on Microsoft Active Directory. These tutorials are also geared towards the 70-742 exam and they can get you ready for the MCSA or MCSE Certification. So let us jump right in. Before we start installing the Active Directory Domain Services role on our server, we […]

Configure Static IP Address on a Network Adapter using PowerShell

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In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to configure a static IP address on a system that has one network card through PowerShell. This can come in handy when we have many servers that we are deploying and we would like to automate the IP addressing based on an Excel spreadsheet, for […]

Simple Citrix XenApp Install and Deployment – Step-by-Step

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Hello fellow sysadmins and techies! I recently had a request from a client of mine to deploy a Citrix XenApp environment on a budget. What does on a budget mean? We all know, one small server, that should host all of the components, with no need for high-availability or load balancing. So as a part-time […]

How to Expand VMware ESXi Datastore Capacity

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After setting up a new installation of ESXi on my refurbished Dell PowerEdge server, I realized that the datastore was only using two of the six SAS drives installed on the system. This was because two of the drives were in a RAID 1 configuration and the other four drives were in a RAID 5 […]

How to Add a License Key to VMware ESXi

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Once you have installed VMware ESXi onto a server, you’ll need to add your license key via the web interface. Otherwise, you’ll only be using the trial version, which lasts for 60 days. If you’re downloading the free version of ESXi, you can get the license key by visiting the evaluation page for ESXi. You will […]

How to Configure VMware ESXi with a Static IP Address

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Once you have installed VMware ESXi onto a server, you will probably want to give it a static IP address rather than using DHCP. There are two ways you can configure ESXi with a static IP: either via the web GUI interface or via the server console management screen. I found it a lot easier […]

How to Upload VMware Workstation VM to ESXi Server

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I’ve been using VMware Workstation on my personal PC for quite a few years, but I was having one big issue: the virtual machines were simply taking up too much space. I use an SSD on my personal computer, but the drive isn’t that large. With only three VMs on my local machine, it was […]

How to Setup and Configure iDRAC on Dell PowerEdge Servers

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With my newly purchased refurbished Dell PowerEdge R710 server, I’ve been playing around with a lot of technical stuff lately. One feature I really wanted to learn how to use was iDRAC, which stands for Integrated Dell Remote Access. It’s software that is embedded directly onto the server and therefore allows you to control it […]

Install ESXi from USB on Bare Metal PowerEdge Server

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In my previous post, I went through the steps for creating a bootable USB installer for ESXi and in this post, I’m going to walk you through the steps for installing ESXi from USB to a bare metal Dell PowerEdge server. As mentioned in my previous post, you can install using an optical drive, remotely […]