Paul Braren from ( and Twitter ( and Christian Johnson join Jim (@jcollison) and for show #174 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community.  Paul covers virtualization topics like building your own VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, Haswell Z97 issues with more than 32GB of RAM.  Christian had some questions around OpenVPN on a VM and Jim continue to tout Microsoft Azure as an option to the Home Server.

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Build your own VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Datacenter, starting with one PC

See also TinkerTry Superguides that were mentioned on the podcast:


Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.

VMware Workstation 10 is feature rich, but you might be fine with the free VMware Player 6 Plus

Haswell Z97 limited to 32GB memory max, an unfortunate reality for virtualization enthusiasts

Rufus takes 2 minutes to create a bootable USB flash drive for ESXi installation

Easy install Amazon CloudFront CDN with WordPress Plugin W3 Total Cache

Display your iOS and Android devices on Windows, using Reflector and Droid @ Screen

Kevin asked some questions in the chat, no I haven’t played with vCHS or vCloud, but my customers do use VMware SRM

For the person inclined to tinker, VMware offers a lot of cloud options too, see also:

Jim brought up Azure, great way to go

Microsoft justifies sending employees out to do free Hyper-V trainings and blog, by seeing the use of these links, care of Dan Stoltz, Microsoft, from

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Posted on February 12, 2013 by Paul Braren

Christian brought up some potential concerns about Azure:
“Some Azure customers may have noticed that for a VM deployed in a US region, when

they launch a localized page on a web browser it may redirect them to an international

site. The following explains why this may be happening.

IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the United States”

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