Haswell Issues with 32GB of RAM, VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, OpenVPN, Azure Services – HGG174

Paul Braren from TinkerTry.com (http://www.tinkertry.com/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/tinkererguy) and Christian Johnson join Jim (@jcollison) and for show #174 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of http://thegeeksnetwork.com/ 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:




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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 http://itproguru.com

Try Azure


Try Hyper-V


Try Windows Server 2012


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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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