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 theĀ 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 […]

Create Bootable USB Drive for VMware ESXi Installer

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I recently purchased a refurbished Dell PowerEdge server for my home lab and decided to go ahead and install VMware ESXi (vSphere Hypervisor) so that I could play around with different virtual machines. There are several ways you can go about installing ESXi onto your server: remotely using iDRAC if you have that setup on […]

Fix RAID Adapter – Unrecoverable Error on Dell PowerEdge Server

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I recently purchased a used Dell PowerEdge server for home lab use and ran into a serious issue when trying to start it up. During the boot process, the server would give me an error message when it got to the RAID controller. Actually, depending on the boot, the server would rotate between two different […]

How to Setup VMware Workstation Server and Connect to Shared VMs

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There’s a cool feature in VMware Workstation that basically lets you share your VM from one machine so that you can access it from any other machine remotely. This is great because if you have multiple copies of VMware on different computers, you either had to clone your VM or you had to store your […]

How to Upgrade VM Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation

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If you’ve been using VMware Workstation for a while, you’ve probably upgraded to newer additions as they have come out. I started off with VMware Workstation 8 several years back and am now on version 12. When you upgrade to a new version of VMWare Workstation, it doesn’t automatically upgrade the hardware compatibility for each […]