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Upgrading my home lab from ESXi 6.0 to ESXi 6.7

I deployed my original ESXi 6.0 home lab server back in 2015, and although I’ve been putting off upgrading the hardware, ESXi 6.7 was released in April 2018 and I’ve finally gotten around to upgrading ESXi.

I’m a Microsoft guy by trade, but wanted to build some experience around VMware so made the decision a number of years ago to have VMware ESXi in my home lab as my primary hypervisor instead of Hyper-V (although I have run them both in my home lab at one point). The biggest challenge I’ve had with this setup is using hardware that is on the VMware HCL and making sure that I could find supported drivers for the NICs I had laying around. Through this upgrade from 6.0 to 6.7, I found out first-hand how tricky dealing with non HCL’d hardware and lack of VMware-supported drivers would be. read more...