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  • Building Webster’s Lab V2.1

    On September 9, 2019, I published the Building Webster’s Lab V1 article series that used vSphere/vCenter 6.7 U3 and XenServer 8.0.

    On May 24, 2021, I published the Building Webster’s Lab V2 article series that used vSphere/vCenter 7.0 original release and XenServer 8.2.0.

    This is a follow-up on building the lab with vSphere/vCenter 7.0U3L and XenServer 8.2.1.

    Why didn’t I use vSphere/vCenter 8? Neither my hardware nor Synology units support vSphere 8. There is a change I can make to an install file to bypass the hardware compatibility check, but I would rather not risk it. It took Synology a long time to add vSphere 7 support, so I have no idea how long before they add support for vSphere 8.

    I need to rebuild the lab because something terrible happened after powering down the lab for an extended weekend. When I powered on the lab after returning to the lab the following Monday, the vSphere servers would not connect to local storage and NFS storage, nor connect to any switches or networking.

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    About Carl Webster

    Carl Webster is an independent consultant specializing in Citrix, Active Directory, and technical documentation. Carl (aka “Webster”) serves the broader Citrix community by writing articles (see and by being the most active person in the Citrix Zone on Experts Exchange. Webster has a long history in the IT industry beginning with mainframes in 1977, PCs and application development in 1986, and network engineering in 2001. He has worked with Citrix products since 1990 with the premiere of their first product – the MULTIUSER OS/2.

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