vRO Workflow to Get a DV Portgroup By Name

I recently needed a vRO workflow to get a distributed port group object to perform some work on. I had access to the name of the port group but I couldn’t find a workflow that would allow me to get the port group object by a name without manual intervention. I was writing an automated… Read More »

Building NVidia Driver 340.76 with Linux 4.0.4 on Fedora 21

This evening I updated Fedora 21 on my Thinkpad W510 laptop and the kernel upgrade brought the laptop to version 4.0.4. The previous 3.x kernel worked perfectly with my Nvidia drivers but installing the Nvidia drivers in the 4.0.4 kernel failed. I was unable to find anything online via Google or the Nvidia web site.… Read More »

New Fedora 21 and ESXi Host in the homelab

A while back I wrote about setting up an old Toshiba laptop we had laying around as a workstation to manage my VMware environment including vCO (now named vRO). That laptop has been working well but I wanted something a bit more powerful to use as a permanent Linux workstation as well as possibly dual… Read More »

Burning a Linux boot ISO to a USB drive on a Mac.

I always forget the exact commands to use when I have to burn a Linux ISO to a thumb drive on my MacBook Pro. I am burning a SuSE boot ISO in the example but this procedure should work for just about any ISO. These instructions work for me but remember, dd will erase EVERYTHING… Read More »

Repair a vCenter SQL Express Database

The day before yesterday the power flickered at our house and because I had procrastinated installing a UPS in my home lab, my systems all powered off unexpectedly. Yesterday I went out and bought the UPS and powered everything back on but my vCenter instance was throwing SQL errors all over the place in the… Read More »

VSAN in the home lab

Today I received the 3 mSATA drives I bought from eBay with some NCAA tournament winnings. I got the cheapest mSATA drives I could find which ended up being 32 GB Samsung disks for $25 each with free shipping. I think they were produced for either a Thinkpad or HP laptop but it does not… Read More »