TechPulse 2013

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in General, Hardware, Mobile, Software, Virtualization | 0 comments

TechPulse 2013

Good morning, everyone! It’s a cloudy, yet warm morning here in St. Paul, Minnesota! I will be at the River Centre in St. Paul today, covering this year’s TechPulse 2013 event! TechPulse is a technology based conference that is held annually in St. Paul, covering the latest IT technologies for small business and enterprise usage. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day!8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Welcome Presentation Welcome presentation begins with two speakers, introducing TechPulse 2013, discussing today’s breakout sessions...

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vSphere 5.0: Setting Up the Virtual Machine Environment

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Virtualization | 3 comments

Setting up the virtual machine environment in ESXi 5.0 is fairly straight forward. Like ESXi 4.0, ESXi 5.0 is managed remotely via the vSphere 5.0 hypervisor client. I’ve assigned a static IP address to the whitebox ESXi. Using the assigned IP address and the user credentials created in the ESXi 5.0 settings menu, we can use VMware’s vSphere 5.0 Hypervisor client to connect to the whitebox ESXi server over the network. I installed vSphere 5.0 on my trusty Zenbook UX21E to access the whitebox ESXi server remotely. ...

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Installing ESXi 5.0

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in Virtualization | 2 comments

After a busy week, I managed to find some time to install ESXi 5.0 on the whitebox server that I recently finished constructing. For those looking to try out ESXi 5.0, a non-commercial license is freely available for download on VMware’s website. You can find it here: Download VMware vSphere Hypervisor for Free With two SATA hard drives (a Seagate 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD and a WD 80 GB 7200 RPM HDD) and a Kingston 4 GB SDHC card on hand, I proceeded to install ESXi 5.0 directly onto the Kingston 4 GB SDHC card. Now, some may ask,...

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Building a ESXi 5.0 Whitebox Server

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Virtualization | 0 comments

For some time, I’ve been contemplating on building a new whitebox server for ESXi 5.0, as I have always been interested in virtualization. I built a ESXi 4.2 whitebox server last summer, in which I was able to get myself familiarized with ESXi and the VMware vSphere Hypervisor client. There were a lot of great features in ESXi 4.2, but my whitebox server at the time was limited in that it didn’t support advanced features such as PCI passthrough (Intel VT-d/IOMMU). My upcoming ESXi 5.0 whitebox server project will be different, as I...

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