Install Home Assistant on ESXi-ARM

One of the use cases for running ESXi-ARM in my home lab environment is running Home Assistant. Home Assistant is a great open-source platform for home automation.  After assembling the Pi cluster (see my previous blog post) and installing ESXi on ARM (ESXi-ARM) using the “Fling on Raspberry Pi” … [Read more...]

How to build an ESXi on ARM Pi cluster?

Shortly after VMworld 2020, VMware released (after years of announcing and demoing) the ESXi On ARM fling (*1). On Social media and the community ESXi on ARM is a very hot topic. The ESXi ARM fling makes it possible to run the VMware ESXi hypervisor on ARM platforms such as: Avantek Workstation and server (Ampere … [Read more...]

Quick Tip: The local Windows 10 taskbar is in front during an RDP session

Sometimes it happens to me that the local taskbar of my Windows 10 laptop is in front and you don’t have access to the remote toolbar during a full-screen RDP session. This is quite annoying. In the picture below you see the local toolbar of my Windows 10 laptop is in front during a full-screen RDP … [Read more...]

List the parent and active snapshot per VMware Horizon pool

On my GitHub page (link), I uploaded a PowerShell script that identifies all the active parent and snapshot per VMware Horizon pool. The parent VM is also known as Golden image. With this script, you can quickly identify what parent VMs and snapshots are in use.   Share Tweet … [Read more...]

Run VMware Workstation and Microsoft Hyper-V together in Windows 10

In 2013 I wrote a blog post that it was not possible to run VMware Workstation when the Hyper-V role was enabled (link). Since VMware Workstation 15.5 it is possible to run VMware Workstation and the Hyper-V role together. Requirements: Windows 10 2004 or newer VMware Workstation 15.5.5 or newer Supported CPU: Intel … [Read more...]

Configure Microsoft Teams offloading in VMware Horizon

With VMware Horizon 8 or the new naming format, Horizon 2006 Microsoft Teams offloading / media optimization is supported. To enable this feature you need  to configure the following settings: Install Horizon 2016 client and enable media optimization. Import the Horizon 2016 GPOs and enable the Group Policy setting … [Read more...]

Nakivo Backup and Replication v10 released with support for vSphere 7

Nakivo Backup and Replication released last week version 10. I personally use Nakivo Backup and Replication in my lab environment because it can be installed on my NAS device. This saves me hardware resources of the backup VM (appliance or Windows/Linux) and the deployment is super fast. In version 10 of Nakivo Backup … [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Disable memory warnings on VMs with NVIDIA GPU profiles

When using PCI passthrough devices such as for example NVIDIA GPUs with VMware vSphere and configure the VMs with a GPU profile, the full memory is reserved (100% Memory Active). When the VM is active, a red “Virtual Machine memory usage” alarm is displayed in the vCenter for every VM. I see this behavior … [Read more...]

Problems with installing modules from the PowerShell Gallery

Lately, on several Windows Server 2016 servers, I wanted to install a PowerShell module such as VMware PowerCLI.  When trying to install the module  I’ve got the following error: NuGet provider is required to continue PowerShellGet requires NuGet provider version ‘2.8.5.201’ or newer to interact with … [Read more...]

NVMe SSDs are not recognized anymore after upgrading to VMware ESXi 7

Last week VMware released vSphere 7. The first thing I did was upgrading my homelab. My homelab has two  hosts (Shuttle SH370R6 Plus and a Shuttle SH370R8 Plus). After upgrading my hosts from VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3 to VMware ESXi 7, the NVMe SSDs are not recognized anymore. I Have the following NVMe SSD disks in the … [Read more...]