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Installing the Home Lab – Installing the Synology Syslog Server

In this post we are going to configure the Synology Syslog server so that we can get rid of the message below that occurs because my servers use the SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB drives

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Installing the Home Lab – Configuring Synology iSCSI Storage

In earlier posts we have installed and configured vCenter 5.5 as well as assigning hosts to it, in this next post we are going to configure our iSCSI storage to allow us to later setup Multi-Pathing from our hosts to our storage. In my home lab I am usin ...
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Synology NAS: Configure Static IP Addresses, Link Aggregation (DoubleCloud)

As mentioned in early article on Jumbo frame, I bought a Synology Diskstation 1513+ NAS server and really like it. The NAS server comes with very rich features that I have just explored partially. One of my favorite features is its GUI which is Web based ...
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Three Example HomeLab Storage Designs using SSDs and Spinning Disk

As the price of Solid State Drives (SSDs) continue to plummet, I tend to see more chatter among the Internet tubes that focus on what type of drive to buy in a home lab scenario. The main contenders are consumer grade SSDs, such as the Kingston SSDNow or ...
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Windows Server 2012 as a Storage Device for vSphere Home Lab

If you’ve got a some hardware lying around for your lab, Windows Server 2012 may be a great solution for a home storage device.  You can now do both block (iSCSI) and NAS (NFS) on the same server, as well as having an OS to install some management ap ...
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Condusiv V-locity VM Testing – Synology DS1513+

This is a follow on posting about my Condusiv V-Locity VM testing carried out back in July. I have carried out testing on the Synology DS1513+ NAS using both iSCSI and NFS.

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Review: Synology Diskstation DS1513+ with VMware – Part 2

In part 1 we finished the hardware installation of the Synology and setup of the DSM software. In this part we will hook the Synology to the VMware vSphere 5.1 Lab environment. The Lab consist of a laptop with 32GB and 2 Quad core E5 Intel CPUs, VMware wo ...
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Synology Memory Test and LACP

This is just a quick note to save anyone else time that might hit this.  The Synology DS Assistant tool (the one you used to install the DSM on your new NAS) also has a memory test function.  You need to enable this within Preferences of the too ...
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Review: Synology Diskstation DS1513+ with VMware – Part 1 (VMGuru.nl)

So the holiday is over back to other fun things like reviewing a shiny new Synology Diskstation DS1513+.  Our friends at Synology where so kind to ship us a brand new unit. Which is now sitting next to my desk ready to be tested. I wonder how this Sy ...
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Home Lab Upgrade - More Power!!!! (Michael)

Recently I've been struggling to run more and more workloads so I decided it was time to upgrade my trusty lab to something with a bit more power.  I've had my current lab for well over a year and it has served it's purpose extremely well.  With ...
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Homelab Storage Network Speedup with …. Infiniband (ESX Virtualization)

When I first built my homelab few years ago I never thought that one day I’ll be using anything else than 1Gig NICs for storage network. I always thought that the  FC or 10 gigs ethernet technology is out of range most of the individuals and a lot of ...
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Nexenta at homelab

NexentaStore Open Storage appliance is storage system based on Solaris ZFS file system. I decide to change my storage appliance at HomeLab from OpenFiler to NexentaStor Community Edition. On NexentaStor project web page you can find ISO with version 3.1.1 ...
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Review: QNAP NAS meets XBMC media center for HomeLab

QNAP's TS-669L can store all your content and play it directly to your TV, though HD playback could be smoother

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HomeLab 2013 – Storage Synology DS1513

With the change to my Home Lab environment recently I decided to take a fresh look at my storage capabilities and came to the conclusion that whilst the home brew solution was nice I now wanted something a little more dedicated to my vSphere environment t ...
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Synology DS411slim Review Homelab

I recently purchased a Synology DS411slim NAS device for my home lab in order to quiet down my rack and start using up less power.  Obviously to accomplish this I would need to fill it up with Solid State drives which have the added benefit of a larg ...
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VMware vSphere: Playing with Synology’s snapshot feature HomeLab

After a first article about the Synology DS412+, which details the configuration of iSCSI in a vSphere 5 environment, it’s now time to play with one of the more advanced features of DSM 4.2: LUN snapshotting. This article will discuss the snapshotting fea ...
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Understanding iSCSI and NFS For My vSphere Home Lab  Synology DS412+ NAS

I recently posted a blog in regards to me purchasing the Synology DS412+ NAS. One of the very first things I did once I got the synology out of the box and all plugged in, is play with the UI, LACP, NFS, iSCSI, Network, Backup, RAID, etc. I guess this is ...
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Expanding the Home Lab – Synology DS412+

After completing the MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator certification and almost completing the Citrix Certified Administrator (Almost there, July 8th scheduled for exam). I will begin reviewing and preparing for the VCAP5-DCA, VCP5-DT, XenDesktop, ...
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Testing vSphere 5 and Synology DS412+ – VAAI support included!

I recently got my hands on a Synology DS412+ 4 BAY SAN/NAS. The DS412+ is a solution targeted at small- and medium size business and features 4 bays, 1 GB of memory and an Intel Atom dual core 2.13 Ghz processor. The maximum raw capacity is 16 TB (4x 4 TB ...
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