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.
Jan 12 2016
Jan 07 2016
Announcing THE video "How to build your awesome virtualization home lab with VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi & VCSA)"
May 13 2015
Mar 15 2015
Mar 12 2015
Apr 04 2015
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
Mar 12 2014
Sep 30 2013
with a draft Google Doc of each and every step here:
Sep 25 2013
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
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