Category Archives: VMware

Upgrading the Mistwire homelab with a new Synology!

By | February 17, 2023

There are very few certainties in the world. The old idiom would have you believe that it’s just death and taxes… but I would like to add “running out of disk space” to the list 🤣 I’m always upgrading the homelab, sometimes it’s the network, the physical footprint, or my connection to the cloud. This… Read More »

On being a vExpert

By | October 30, 2017

     I love learning new things.  I also love sharing the knowledge that I have out to folks who are interested in it.  That’s why I started this blog.  That’s why I help to run VTUG, AWS-PUG and host/present for vBrownBag.  This is on top of my full time role at GreenPages 🙂 It’s… Read More »

vROps – Create & Enable 6.0 Hardening Alerts

By | February 17, 2017

I’ve been spending a lot of time in vROps recently, so I’m going to do a little write up on 5.5 and 6.0 Hardening Alerts found in vRealize Operations Manager 6.4 In the vROps policy section, you’ll see that there is a default policy in the Policy Library called the vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide: “But… Read More »

Log Insight – Upgrade 3.6 to 4.0

By | December 14, 2016

Today I’m going to upgrade my 3 node Log Insight environment from 3.6 to 4.0. Here are the steps: Go to and download the upgrade package: Log into your Log Insight 3.6 environment and choose the menu option in the upper right corner and select Administration: Select “Cluster” and click the “Upgrade Cluster” button:… Read More »

VMworld EU – Live from Barcelona Day 2

By | November 7, 2019

Hello All!     Another day at VMworld Europe and more information on what’s new in the VMware ecosystem. As their recent press release has made obvious, VMware has gone all in with making their ecosystem more developer friendly: REST-based APIs, Container Support, expanded PowerCLI to name a few.   vSphere 6.5 VMware vCenter Server® Appliance –… Read More »

VMworld EU – Live from Barcelona

By | November 7, 2019

Hello all,     There have been a lot of great announcements coming out of VMworld EU this week. Here are the exciting items that have been announced so far: vSphere 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) A lot of great changes have happened to the vCSA over the past few years. It can now run significantly more… Read More »

Running Docker on CentOS on ESXi

By | August 9, 2016

Recently I’ve been playing with containers a little bit in my lab. Today I’m going to show you how to get a Docker engine running on a CentOS 7 VM running on an ESXi host. It’s surprisingly easy! First, what is Docker? It’s an engine that lays on top of an existing host OS and… Read More »

The Mistwire HomeLab setup!

By | August 8, 2016

Hi All! So this post has been a long time coming and I’ve spent the last week banging away at my environment to get it up to spec. I’m going to approach this article like I would a standard design engagement: list my requirements, risks, assumptions & constraints create a conceptual, logical and physical design… Read More »

vROps – Setting up alerting for vROps Cluster & vCenter metrics collecting

By | June 29, 2016

When you set up a new vROps environment 2 things that you are going to want to monitor are (1) the health of the vROps nodes themselves and (2) the collection status from the vCenters that you are collecting data from. These are the steps you’ll want to perform once you’ve got your outbound notifications… Read More »

AWS create billing alerts so that our free* account doesn’t surprise us

By | May 15, 2016

Now that I’ve been playing around a bit in the environment, I decided to create some alerts in case I accidentally (or on purpose) chose an option that will incur charges to my credit card. Here are the steps to set up an email alert for your AWS account. Before you create a billing alarm,… Read More »