Packer and WinRM – mystery resolved

A while ago I started exploring Hashicorp Packer in order to learn more about a new way of creating Windows template VMs. Traditionally, you create a VM, attach the Windows ISO file and of you go… But with Packer, you can define the whole thing in code and store that…

Using LDAPS with vCenter and AD

Most companies that connect vCenter to Active Directory are using the Integrated Windows Authentication. At least, that’s what I see. But both VMware and Microsoft have announced changes that are going to change the way you connect your vCenter to AD. VMware announced in the vSphere 7 release notes that…

Backup your homelab… for free!

I was already using the free Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows to make a backup of my personal computer to a share on a server running Windows Server. But I didn’t make a backup of my ESXi server running several VMs for my lab environment. When I downloaded the latest…