darrylcauldwell.com On a journey around the datacenter and public cloud.

Configuring Synology NFS For ESXi

The function of my NAS within homelab is to provide shared storage for my ESXi hosts, as I’m studying for VCAP it would be great to use both iSCSI and NFS. By default NFS is disabled on the DS213J,  first step is to enable it.

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Configuring Synology iSCSI For ESXi

To configure a Synology disk station to present LUNs as iSCSI for ESXi hosts is straight forwards. As unlike NFS, iSCSI support is enabled by default.

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Image Builder: Create A Custom ESXi ISO

If you find an occasion where some drivers you need are missing from the VMware provided ISO for installing ESXi you can use Image Builder to create your own custom ISO file.

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Configuring Puppet In Homelab

I’m a traditional wintel vmware engineer working in the UK in a team focusing on platform configuration automation for virtual and physical Windows hosted solutions. This video of how Puppet can be used to manage Amazon EC2. Shortly after watching this VMware Hybrid Cloud Services launched and on watching Nicholas Weavers video from PuppetConf 2013. From this point on I decided that I needed to look into Puppet and how it could help me,  on initial looking it became clear that Puppet is traditionally *nix but does function on Windows so I thought I’d start here.

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