VirtualHere with Raspberry Pi as USB server

When you want to use USB devices in a virtual machine you don't want to connect them to your physical ESXi-host and then from there pass through to a virtual machine. By doing this you pin the virtual machine to the host. For example with a failover the virtual machine would boot on another host and would not be able to connect to it's USB-device, which is still plugged into the failed host. Also with vMotion your options are limited. To solve this problem several solutions have been around to access USB-devices remotely via the network. 

VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals eLearning available

VMware has introduced a new free eLearning module with a focus on Network Virtualization. This three hour training will teach you what Network Virtualization is, who needs it and why and it will explain important technologies such as VMware NSX, VXLAN and VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS). This course is a starting point for those who want to become VMware Certified Associate – Network Virtualization (VCA-NV).

How to change the network adapter to VMXNET3 for a Windows guest

VMware offers several types of virtual network adapters that you can add to your virtual machines. Depending on the operating system you install it will select a default adapter when you create a VM. For Windows the default adapter type is the Intel E1000. There is however an adapter that will give you a better performance, which is the VMware VMXNET3 adapter. More information about choosing the right adapter, supported operating systems and the performance benefits of this adapter can be found in these locations:

VMware Hands On Labs Online

When you have attended VMworld in the past you must have seen the hands on lab environment VMware has created there each year. The labs you can take there allow you to get introduced to VMware products that you haven't worked with yet and the labs allow you to learn more about products you already work with.

These labs are now available online for free

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Ideas for a vSphere home lab in Workstation or Fusion

In this article I would like to share a few ideas on how to setup a lab environment for vSphere. When I deliver VMware-training it is a frequently asked question by my students how they could run the software in their own lab-environment. For those who own multiple physical servers on which they can run ESXi it is not too difficult. But when your resources are limited you might need to look at other possibilities.

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