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People often ask me why i go through all the hassle of maintaining and spending all the money on my Lab.

I can assure you its not because I have f*ckloads of money and don’t know what to do with it 😉

The answer to this question is quite simple, I hate operating things I don’t understand and in order to understand things you have to read the documentation and gain hands on experience and IMHO there is no other way (and to be honest, its also a lot of fun too). Build, break, troubleshoot, rebuild

The better your gear is, which in my opinion is not a matter of money, its more a matter of compatibility and function, the more you’ll get out of your Lab.

There is no point in buying stuff and spending more time troubleshooting it because of incompatibility than gaining experience through it, which is why I moved away from white boxes very early, they are too expensive.

All the hardware in my Lab is new and financed by myself, so I put a huge effort in selecting the components.

FreeIPA as VCSA Identity Source

Having a centralized Identity management is IMHO mandatory for every environment (not just from a auditing perspective, but maintinging local accounts is a pain in the ass), and since I’m “un-microsofting” the lab (great stuff, but my workrelated focus is shifting, so...

Ansible – Part II

In my last Article I outlined a bit what Ansible is and what you can do with it. As I stated previously you can extend Ansible by adding Modules. Having a VMware vSphere Infrastructure it was a no-brainer to integrate the matching vmware modules. But before you get to...

Ansible – Part I

There are tons of config management / automation tools out there (puppet, salt stack, juju, rudder, CFEngine,.. just to name a few) all with their pros and cons and at the end of the day you have to choose the best fit for your job (if you’re lucky - sometimes you...

Runecast Analyzer

During the Hackathon at VMworld I had the pleasure to work with Runecast´s Ivaylo Ivanov on the same Team, who got me all fired up about the Runecast Analyzer. Back home with some spare time on my hands, I thought I´ll give It a shot. One thing I liked (and also a lot...

To ping or not to ping

Yesterday I came across something i not (yet) fully understand while fiddling around with Ansible in my lab. I was able to run playbooks against my ESXi Hosts and one of my VCSA´s, no problem. Was also able to run a simple Ansible “ping” against my ESXi Host without...

Current Setup

Current Setup: My current Lab Setup consists of the following components: Compute / VSAN: 3x Dell PowerEdge R230 ( Xeon 1260L @ 2,9Ghz| 32GB RAM | 500GB HDD | 256GB NVMe | Hybrid VSAN) 1x HP Proliant DL120 G7 ( Xeon 1230 @ 3.1 Ghz | 16 GB RAM | 250GB SSD | 120GB NVMe...

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