I brilliant guide created with links to all the VMware Home Lab guides done by others.
A good guide to hardening the security on ESXi 5.x hosts – although the standards defined are from the USA – there are a good best practices that anyone can use.
VMware KB: ESXi/ESX hosts with visibility to RDM LUNs being used by MSCS nodes with RDMs may take a long time to boot or during LUN rescan
This was a great find – fixed the 45 minute boot time due to the large number of RDMs in use:
A great knowledge base article outlining vmware products and there build number to version numbers.
Forcing a link state up or down for a vmnic interface on ESXi 5.x
Used this to help work out the physical server’s NIC interfaces had been cabled up to the network switch correctly.
Luckily, the servers DRAC Remote access was working! So via the remote console connection, enabling local support access, downing the NIC and watching the Switch admin interface to trace which port changed. Easy! once I found the commands to down/up nics 🙂
BTW: Problem was VLAN was not assigned to the remote end of the switches uplink trunk.