VMware vCloud “In A Box” for Your Home Lab

Physical Host Storage Setup:

Now that we have the storage device configured and ESXi installed and the networking all configured we need to add the NAS storage to the physical host so we can use it for various items.  We will also mount this networked storage within the nested ESX virtual machines when we get there.  Configure a simple iSCSI software initiator to connect to the iSCSI storage.  However if you use the dynamic discovery ESX will find the iSCSI avaialble on BOTH the 100 and 120 VLAN so you will need to take one extra step to force iSCSI over the 120 VLAN.  The following screens will show these configurations.  Be sure to also add the NFS mount point, and for the Iomega device the path for NFS is /nfs/.



16 comments

  1. Very nice write-up. I’ll be doing something very similar soon and this will come in quite handy for sure.

  2. Chris,

    i’m going to buy some equipment to build my home lab.. I’m looking at motherboards that have dual socket should i spend the extra bucks for the second processor? My work loads will be vCloud director, Capacity IQ, SQL, ORACLE, vmware view and file server(and some VDI machines for the wife and kid). I also want to use this setup to demo products ad hoc for customer… thoughts?

    • If I were to do it again I would have gone dual socket, only because the operations on all the nested ESXi servers for imports and VM deployments has started to spike up CPU. However when those operations are done it drops done but consistently runs 25% on the single socket with all the VMs running at idle

  3. Can you post on how you sized your VMs? (oracle, vESX, etc)

    • Yes I can do that in a couple weeks. I owe an update to this since I added N-1 in my lab to maintain vCD 1.0.1 and 1.5 plus I added vCO, etc. So I have had on my to do list getting an updated post out 🙂

  4. Chris

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