Identifying ESXi boot method & boot device

There was an interesting discussion on our internal Socialcast platform last week on figuring out how an ESXi host is booted up whether it is from local device like a disk or USB device, Auto Deploy or even boot from SAN along with its respective boot device? Although I had answered the question, I was […]

Using vSphere Auto Deploy to Netboot ESXi onto Apple Mac Hardware

Last week I published an article that demonstrated for the first time on how to netboot an ESXi installation onto Apple Mac Hardware. As you can imagine, this was very exciting news for our VMware/Apple customers, who historically have not had this capability before. Customers can now automate and install ESXi over the network onto their Apple […]

Custom script bundle is now possible with Auto Deploy in vSphere 6.5

It has been some time since I had looked at the Auto Deploy and Host Profile feature in vSphere. As a former customer, I still remember one of the challenges I had in evaluating Auto Deploy and specifically Host Profiles was the fact that it did not cover all the possible ESXi configurations. This made it very difficult to operationalize as you […]

vGhetto Lab #NotSupported Slides Posted

As promised, here are slides to my #NotSupported session at VMworld Europe which I continued the theme of home labs with my vGhetto Lab #NotSupported presentation. The idea behind the vGhetto Lab is to easily setup a vSphere home lab without too much effort and most importantly, leveraging as little resources as possible. This is […]

Creating Custom VIBs For ESXi 5.0 & 5.1 with VIB Author Fling

VMware Labs just released a really cool new Fling called VIB Author which is a tool that allows you to easily create custom VIBs for your ESXi 5.x hosts. If you have tried to create custom ESXi firewall rules or add custom scripts to your ESXi host, you may have noticed they are not persisted […]