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VMWare Workstation does not support nested virtualization on this host

VMWare Workstation just popped-up this message to you when trying to start a VM? Then read further to find the fix. According to Microsoft – Many third-party virtualization applications don’t work together with Hyper-V. Affected applications include VMware Workstation and VirtualBox. These applications might not start virtual machines, or they may fall back to a slower, emulated mode. To make the VM start in VMWare Workstation, you have to disable

Fix Migration option for a VM is greyed out

This morning I had to do an ESXi software upgrade within 1h service window. The ESXi Host was configured in a Cluster (3 Hosts) with vMotion active, but no DRS. I was able to move all the VMs running on the host to other hosts, except one. This VM was having an USB Dongle connected to it and stuck to the ESXi Host. The plan was to shut it down

Upgrade VMWare vSphere from version 6.7 to 8

Today I’ve decided to upgrade my VMWare LAB from version 6.7 to version 8. Even it is a straightforward process, I would like to share it, maybe it can help someone in some way. If you are having only a customer account at VMWare, you have to register first to be able to evaluate vSphere8. So looks my evaluations board on VMWare portal. After registering, you will be able to

Changing your vCenter Server’s FQDN

In this post I would like to show you how you can change your vCenter Server’s FQDN. You can have different reasons for doing this. I have to do it because I had some problems when upgrading vCSA from version 6.7 to 8. My FQDN was vcsa.lab.local and I reconfigured it to vcsa.vsphere.local. For more details you can also check this link. Please note that the reconfiguration of FQDN is

Reset or Configure HPE iLO directly from ESXi Host

Have you ever upgraded the ESXi software on HPE Servers and after reboot iLO did not come up anymore? Well, this is what happened to me after installation of ESXi software patches on a couple of HPE servers. Even the ESXi patches were installed successfully and the ESXi hypervisor started correctly, the iLO interface couldn’t be reached anymore. All the installation was done remotely, so there was no physical access

How to check if a remote port is open (Windows)

I’m sure there were times when you had to check if a port is accessible from one computer to another. In the earlier days we used to test network connectivity to a specific port of the remote computer using telnet command. Telnet used to come preinstalled in Windows, but in latest Windows OS not anymore. In these days some companies have restrictions on installing third party programs or new services

pfSense – re0 Watchdog Timeout Error

A few weeks ago my Internet started to have problems. The connection was dropping every 2-3 days and it couldn’t recover itself . The simpler solution found was to reset the pfSense Firewall. At the beginning I thought that is only an isolated case but the problem seemed to become something permanent. So I decided to spend some time to check and try to fix this issue. Step one –

Create a Smart Home System with a Raspberry Pi, a few sensors and Node-RED – Part 2

In the first part we learned the logic and components of the system and we configured the central component – Raspberry PI. In today’s post we’ll add some sensors and relays and we’ll integrate them with the central server via wi-fi, using the ESP8266 wireless modules. Let’s begin! Step one – Install and configure ESP8266 wireless module I’ve used so far in my projects two types of wireless modules and

Create a Smart Home System with a Raspberry Pi, a few sensors and Node-RED – Part 1

This will be the first post out of series of posts about creating a smart home system with Raspberry Pi, different kind of sensors and the powerful visual tool for wiring sensor data – Node-RED. Node-RED is a flow-based development tool for visual programming for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor which can be used to wire together

Convert an old laptop single NIC into an OPNsense Firewall/Router

In today’s post, I would like to show you the process of transforming a single NIC old laptop into an OPNsense firewall/router. I wanted for some time to install pfSense in my home network, but I didn’t want to buy an expensive already made firewall device. After spending a few days looking for a solution, I found at some point that Dell PowerEdge R210 II is quite used as hardware