Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #119 "The first one about Virtualization"

Posted by Paul Braren on May 29 2013 (updated on May 31 2013) in
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    May 29 2013:

    Here's Jim Collison's announcement of this public event:

    Join Christian, Andrew and Jim, with Guest Paul Braren and Kyle Wilcox as we discuss Virtualization for the Average Guy.  Each show in the series will take a unique look at the topic from the perspective of the guests.

    While this is the rough plan of what I'll be talking about:

    Running a virtualization lab in one’s home 24x7, for both practical (daily family pc backups) and professional (certification/self-training) reasons.

    My focus will naturally be on VMware vSphere 5.1, with the ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor.

    I'll also touch upon why some folks might want to run Hyper-V nested inside ESXi 5.1
    TinkerTry.com/esxi-5-1-can-run-hyper-v-server-2012
    TinkerTry.com/superguide-vmware-vsphere

    Finally, I’ll mention VMware Player as a free alternative to the popular Oracle VirtualBox, since most folks don’t really need full VMware Workstation
    TinkerTry.com/freevmwareplayercancreatevms
    TinkerTry.com/vmware-workstation-9-released-august-23-2012-fine-free-version-called-vmware-player-5-0

    It's quite likely I'll forget most of that, and just go with the flow. Come join the fun, where you'll also hopefully learn a thing or two, or meet some other humans.


    May 30 2013 Update:
    That's a wrap, it went pretty well, and even got to try out my new webcam device that allows more natural eye contact with viewers, see also photos of the SeeEye2Eye in action here.

    The shownotes are already ready, same night of broadcast, here you go!

    I talked a bit about running a virtualization lab in one’s home 24x7, for both practical (daily family pc backups using a Windows Server 2012 Essentials VM) and professional (certification/self-training) reasons. My focus was on VMware vSphere 5.1, with it’s ESXi Hypervisor, there’s a lot you can do, even with free version:
    TinkerTry.com/free-vmware-vcenter-server-appliance-5-1-download-install-configure

    I'll also touch upon why some folks might want to run Hyper-V nested inside ESXi 5.1:
    TinkerTry.com/esxi-5-1-can-run-hyper-v-server-2012
    TinkerTry.com/superguide-vmware-vsphere

    Finally, I’ll mention VMware Player as a free alternative to the popular Oracle VirtualBox, since most folks don’t really need full VMware Workstation:
    TinkerTry.com/freevmwareplayercancreatevms
    TinkerTry.com/vmware-workstation-9-released-august-23-2012-fine-free-version-called-vmware-player-5-0

    Here’s the variety of links we chatted about, most of which can be found in this category view:

    TinkerTry.com/category:ESXi
    TinkerTry.com/converterstandalone5vmwithworkstation7
    TinkerTry.com/vmware-converter-for-drive-resizing
    TinkerTry.com/vmwareconverterspeedup
    TinkerTry.com/freevmwareplayercancreatevms
    TinkerTry.com/vmware-workstation-9-released-august-23-2012-fine-free-version-called-vmware-player-5-0
    TinkerTry.com/maczilla
    vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor
    TinkerTry.com/esxi-5-1-download
    TinkerTry.com/esxi-5-1-sort-of-supports-usb-3-0
    TinkerTry.com/raidabuse-mediasonic

    Kyle asked about speed, my answer was in the above article about the $180 Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2, mentioning that RAID5/USB 3.0 speed was about 175MB/sec reads and 125MB/sec writes, quite respectable and affordable, with one eSATA cable or one USB 3.0 cable attachment.  RAID5 is built into the unit itself, push button ease of configuration, can regain access to array by installing in second unit or even using software to mount them individually attached to SATA ports on a mobo, for example. Attach to motherboard with the long cable eSATA to SATA cable mentioned here:
    TinkerTry.com/psod-by-esata

    I should probably do a SuperGuide on the Mediasonic:
    TinkerTry.com/category:Superguides

    Even this affordable RAID enclosure’s health can be monitored from within VMware ESXi 5.1:
    TinkerTry.com/esxi-5-1-can-run-lsi-megaraid-in-a-vm
    TinkerTry.com/lsi92xx-health-under-esxi-51

    YouTube video that walks through the entire ESXi 5.1 datacenter at home process, soup to nuts:
    http://youtu.be/QPtStneewys

    Finally, the SeeEye2Eye device that allows me to actually look at my webcam, where I see the person I’m talking to superimposed over the lense. Share this Amazon shortcut http://fave.co/10LFMbk or visit the full article (that’ll be updated over time) at:
    TinkerTry.com/see-eye-2-eye


    May 31 2013 Update:
    I somehow managed to forget to talk about how easy it is to just try the free Hypervisor download, installed only to a 8GB or larger USB key. I also didn't mention that things like home automation, or setting up to learn Microsoft products in VMs, are more good applications for having multiple VMs left running efficiently, 24x7.  But that's ok, there's always more to talk about. Jim was extremely generous with the time he allotted on this podcast for my story telling, and as always, his moderation skills really shone brightly last night. I apologize to the many folks on the Livestream chat, who endured a blast of links as we spoke about a variety of topics. I really should have just saved all that typing for after the live recording of the podcast, and the shownotes.

    Always an honor to podcast with Jim and his crew, and so much fun. The podcast replay is now available on YouTube!