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VMware ESXi inplace upgrade 6.5 to 6.7

VMware ESXi inplace upgrade 6.5 to 6.7

For a Homelab without vcenter with update manager Disable Firewall esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient List Profiles esxcli software sources profile list –depot=https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml Dry Run esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-6.7.0-8169922-standard –dry-run Actual Run esxcli software profile update -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml -p ESXi-6.7.0-8169922-standard Enable Firewall esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient reboot Issue I ran into Output: [InstallationError] Failed updating the bootloader: Execution of command /usr/lib/vmware/bootloader-installer/install-bootloader failed: non-zero code returned return code:…

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A quick lesson on Powershell and Get-AdvancedSetting

A quick lesson on Powershell and Get-AdvancedSetting

I had a need to understand the powershell command “Get-AdvancedSetting” which is a vmware powercli command to pull the advanced settings of any VMware entity. This was also an exercise in powershell and helping me understand the handling of output. I didn’t find the official documentation very helpful which only had the below command as a reference. Get-AdvancedSetting -Entity Server -Name ‘*smtp*’ The blog Pragmatic IO by Brett Sinclair had a walk through to suppress the shell warning on esxi hosts which…

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Cisco Router 4300 – Basic Setup

Cisco Router 4300 – Basic Setup

This is a configuration to save my setup path for a Cisco Router 4300 so I don’t have to keep looking up all the steps. It will include TFTP server setup to upload current images, SSH setup, asdm setup, and basic configs to get it the asa in a working condition. Step 1) Console port to ASA Configure username/password enable Copy backup config if available Step 2) Ethernet cable to computer Configure asa port interface 0/6 > ip add 10.0.0.1…

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Cisco ASA – Brief Configuration

Cisco ASA – Brief Configuration

This is a configuration to save my setup path for a Cisco ASA 5505 so I don’t have to keep looking all of it up. You can check out my cisco router 4300 setup HERE. It will include TFTP server setup to upload current images, SSH setup, asdm setup, and basic configs to get it the asa in a working condition. Step 1) Connect your console port to the ASA Configure a username/password for enable Step 2) Connect an ethernet…

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Meraki home lab setup

Meraki home lab setup

Thanks to Ciscos awesome program, I was able to obtain a Meraki network stack to play with at home. Currently I have the Security device, 8 Port POE Switch, and Wireless AP. The web portal makes it easy to administer all devices from one location anywhere I am. I’ve been able to change port forwaring on the fly when trying to access my VPN and the IP address had changed. In the future I would like to be able to build…

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Learning Ansible

Learning Ansible

This post is for my notes and thoughts on learning Ansible Network Device Controller My potential project will be a cloud based ansible tower server to be a control center for our Cisco ASA Firewalls. This could push out password updates, config changes, as well as prompt for backups to a secure FTP server. This would also give a quick and easy way to update all client firewalls by hosting upgrade files and pushing upgrade commands after hours automatically. Pair…

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Cisco ASA syslogging to an ELK stack

Cisco ASA syslogging to an ELK stack

Along my search for the perfect monitoring setup I found a possible need to have a centralized ASA syslogging server. My choice was to use ELK at first. I found the below article to help me on that path but haven’t had a chance to spend time. The thought process that lead me away from this project went something like this. Cisco ASA syslogging ELK   I need a syslog server for an ASA Well the elk stack loos cool and…

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Certs & Training

Certs & Training

These are certs and training’s I’d like to work on. I’ve always been a firm believer that certs don’t prove you know what you’re doing. At a certain point certifications only prove that you can take a test and will get you through HRs door. They look nice on a resume but won’t teach you most of the day to day things. The more advanced ones (CISSP, CCIE, VCDX, OSCP, and others) do have their place which is why I’m creating this…

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