Category Archives: Virtualization

VMware Workstation lab: Photon OS Container Host and NFS Server

In a previous post (https://enterpriseadmins.org/blog/virtualization/nested-vmware-workstation-lab-using-linked-clones/) I mentioned a nested ‘smash lab’ using VMware Workstation. This post will focus on a Photon OS VM with docker and nfs-server services enabled. Occasionally there is a service that I may temporarily need in … Continue reading

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VMware Workstation lab: Nested ESXi and vCenter Server

In a previous post (https://enterpriseadmins.org/blog/virtualization/nested-vmware-workstation-lab-using-linked-clones/) I mentioned a nested ‘smash lab’ using VMware Workstation. This post will focus on a couple of the component VMs: lab-esxi-02 and lab-esxi-03, which are nested ESXi 7.0.3 and ESXi 8.0.0 hosts, each containing a … Continue reading

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VMware Workstation lab: Management Console

In a previous post (https://enterpriseadmins.org/blog/virtualization/nested-vmware-workstation-lab-using-linked-clones/) I mentioned a nested ‘smash lab’ using VMware Workstation. This post will focus on one of the component VMs: lab-mgmt-01, which functions as the management console/GUI, domain controller, DNS Server, Certificate Authority, and NAT gateway. … Continue reading

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VMware Workstation Lab Overview – with Linked Clones

I like to have easy access to a variety of lab environments. I keep a fairly active home lab which has a focus on persistent virtual machines — like running copies of various vCenter Server releases, vRealize Suite, Horizon, etc. … Continue reading

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Which virtual machines have cloned vTPM devices?

In vSphere 7.0, when a virtual machine with a vTPM device is cloned, the secrets and identity in the vTPM are cloned as well. In vSphere 8.0 there is an option during a clone to replace the vTPM so that … Continue reading

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