I’m a vExpert now!

Hi everyone, I applied for the second-half vExpert applications and I got accepted! This is the first time and I’m really, really happy! This is my fourth attempt and here is to hopefully more years of vExpert. Here is my public profile page. If you don’t know what vExpert is, you are missing out on […] →Read more

In-place upgrading a NSX-T ESXi Host with multiple host switches.

Hi everyone, Here is how I upgraded my NSX-T deployment from 3.0.0 to 3.0.1. If you tried to in-place update a NSX-T Host that has multiple host switches, you will get an error. You can use this trick to get around this limitation. First, we log into the NSX-T Manager, and go to the Upgrade […] →Read more

Setting up a free KMS server for vCenter with PyKMIP (with database)

Hi everyone, In this post, we will be deploying a PyKMIP server that stores its keys in a database. Unlike the docker container, the keys will be saved so on a reboot your keys are not lost. So what exactly is this for? Well, in my use-case, I will be using this server to encrypted […] →Read more

Hilltop CTF – Writeups

Hi everyone, A blog post on a different topic this time. I was a Content Engineer for the Hilltop CTF event. Write-up for the Fuzz challenge. Challenge name: Fuzz Creator: MasterWayZ Category: Analysis/Fuzzing Summary: The user is given a URL to look at: http://shellserver1.hilltopctf.masterwayz.nl:5876/ How-To: Using a program like gobuster, we can try to see […] →Read more

Horizon 7.11 Deployment – Part 5: Windows 10 Desktop Image (refers to TechZone for now, video coming soon!)

Hi everyone, Sadly during server maintenance, the contents of this blog posts were corrupted. For now, I will link you all to a TechZone article that explain you what to do. A video on this will be coming soon once I get to it. My apologies! →Read more

VMware Purple Screen of Death troubleshooting for random crashes with disk errors in the homelab.

Hi everyone, Time for a new blog post about the adventure I’ve been having for the past two days. On June 2nd, my server, a DL380G6 started to suddenly take-off. The fans were roaring at 70%, and the temperature sensor near the PCI Riser was showing 110 C. Of course this is not supposed to […] →Read more

My current lab [Updated June 4th 2020)

Hi all! This post will be about the current state (05/20/2020 06/04/2020) of my home lab. Please keep in mind that I also have two ESXi hosts that I rent from a datacenter in Germany that I partially use for my home lab (though they are nowhere near as powerful as my home server). Here […] →Read more

Sponsored VMUG Advantage! & what is it?

Hi everyone, A few days ago, I was surprised with a Twitter DM from the VMUG Advantage Twitter account. It turns out, that secretly, Heath Johnson from VMware has been in touch with the VMUG Advantage team about me without telling me. I’m not sure how he managed to pull it off, but VMUG Advantage […] →Read more

Allow unsupported CPUs when upgrading/installing ESXi 7.0 (updated 10022020)

Hi everyone, Here’s a quick tip for the home lab people with old servers that can’t afford to get new hardware (like me). It seems like that you can override the installer terminating when an unsupported CPU is detected. What you need to do, is when booting from the ESXi ISO, press SHIFT+O, and type […] →Read more

Software review: 4K Video Downloader

Hi everyone, In this post I’d like to make a highlight of a piece of software I have been using called 4K Video Downloader. This program is very useful to download videos from sites such as YouTube and Twitch. However, it can download from many more and even playlists! You can get started with the […] →Read more