Superguide: VMware vSphere

Posted by Paul Braren on May 17 2013 (updated on Jan 22 2016) in
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  • Here's a collection of articles to help you build your own VMware vSphere lab. The focus is on simplicity, with ways of getting going with a very usable rig, quickly and effectively, using affordable commodity parts (see also Superguide: vZilla). This Superguide will be updated with the latest relevant articles, so be sure to come back and visit. As always, your comments left below the article are greatly appreciated.

    Select articles listed below, in chronological order.

    How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to VCSA 6.0 Update 1b

    Jan 12 2016

    How to easily update your VMware server to ESXi 6.0 Update 1b

    Jan 07 2016

    Announcing THE video "How to build your awesome virtualization home lab with VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi & VCSA)"

    May 13 2015


    Build your own VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter with ESXi and VCSA

    Mar 15 2015


    VMware vSphere 6.0 is now generally available, here’s how to download it fast

    Mar 12 2015


    Mastering VMware vSphere 6

    Apr 04 2015


    VMware vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center and Release Notes are now online, read all about it!

    Mar 12 2015


    Little secret those new to virtualization often miss – ESXi 6.0 continues to be mostly headless, just as it was for all prior VMware hypervisor releases

    Mar 07 2015


    Download all the VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 pieces to get your home lab started

    Mar 12 2014


    Build your own VMware vSphere 5.5 Datacenter with ESXi and VCSA

    Sep 30 2013


    with a draft Google Doc of each and every step here:

    Best parts of VMware’s ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor rely on vCenter, which isn’t free. Uh oh?

    Sep 25 2013


    Firsthand experience with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

    Oct 25 2013


    Using ESXi 5.1 to create “Golden Master” Windows 8 templates for deploying VMs, with ease-of-use tweaks for your lab

    Sep 22nd 2012


    VMware ESXi 5.1 can run Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 VMs, nice!

    Sep 24th 2012


    How to make ESXi 5.1 see the health of an LSI 9265-8i RAID controller and array (seems to work with all 92xx controllers)

    Sep 15 2012


    ESXi 5.1 host with LSI 92xx RAID adapter can run a VM with fully functional MegaRAID Storage Manager UI, here’s how

    Oct 01 2012