Isilon, if you’re not aware of it, is a clustered Scale-out NAS solution from EMC. The article below covers setting up a virtual Isilon cluster suitable for experimenting and testing out Isilon in a VMware ESXi-based lab environment.
Scenario and scope
Create a 3-node virtual EMC Isilon storage cluster on VMware ESXi.
This guide is written for ESXi … Read more »
If you or your company own a NetApp Storage System, you can access and download the NetApp Simulator – it’s basically a NetApp filer in a Virtual Machine. Very cool; and great for learning and experimenting in a Lab.
Why increase the disk size?
The Simulator, by default, presents you with 28 x 1GB disks, giving you … Read more »
Between ESX 5.1 and ESXi 5.5, VMware removed the bundled driver for the Realtek RTL8111E NIC, which is embedded in the Gigabyte Brix.
This means that if you try to boot a normal ESXi 5.5 installer, it won’t find the NIC driver and will refuse to install/upgrade your ESXi 5.1 instance.
This article covers the steps required to install VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Gigabyte Brix, and a few other systems that use non-supported NICs that worked in ESXi 5.1.
2013-09-23 00:27: Added information about ESXi 5.5 not including RTL8111E support
2013-09-23 22:23: Added a link to installing ESXi 5.5 with RTL8111E support
In my last post, I covered my journey of finding a small, quiet, low-power virtualisation lab computer that can run nested virtualisation.
The final system
To summarise, here’s the system I ended up with, after much consideration:
Gigabyte … Read more »