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Cloning and deploying ESXi

I’ve got a pile of MicroSD cards, a few racks worth of blades in different locations, and a hankering to deploy VMware in a stateful manner by simply plugging these SD cards in and booting up the blades or deploy blades with SD cards and perform remote installs with as little effort as possible.   […]

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Repairing AirPort coverage

I hope this helps someone but I’ve been chasing a wifi problem in my house for a few days and finally got to fixing it. Equipment: 4th Gen Airport Extreme (802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4GHz & 5GHz) Symptoms: poor range, slow speeds outside of the room the airport was located. Configuration: I have it configured auto everything […]

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Master Images – hidden CPU time bombs

Wrapping up master images has become something virtualization engineers of all product disciplines have to become familiar with. A bad master image can be deployed dozens or hundreds of times – only to find out a simple tweak could have saved you thousands in necessary hardware costs. Here’s a new hidden gem I found and […]

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Sophos Home Firewall with Captive Portal Guest Network using Airport Extreme APs

KISS, keep it simple stupid. An old saying I try to keep in mind when working on a solution. My home network hasn’t maintained this zen philosophy. My most recent setup has been driven by a recent discovery that I can keep my Apple Airport’s built in Guest network, as long as I can connect […]

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vCloud Director Failing to Customize Windows 2008 Server

This evening I got an urgent email from a colleague that just got the rug pulled out from under him. His customer decided that the two web servers on the front end of a SharePoint farm he was building couldn’t be 2008 R2 because they require 32bit servers. I stayed far away from the “why” – […]