Configure Qnap iSCSI as VMware Datastore


After upgrading my old QNAP TS-453A to a QNAP TS-873 with 8 bays and tons of storage I finally had some time to explore additional storage options for my homelab. Now with 2 pools of storage with total capacity of ~ 35TiB I finally could start to use my NAS much more efficient.

In the previous post Configure QNAP NFS as VMware ESXi Dastastore I showed you how to configure QNAP NFS share as VMware ESXi Datastore.

In this post I will show you how to create a VMware ESXi datastore using iSCSI.

VMware vExpert Pro Award - 4th consecutive time in a row

VMware vExpert Pro Award

VMware announced VMware vExpert Pro results and I am very proud to announce that I am in. It is a 4th consecutive time in a row when I received this award.

I am very proud about it and very grateful for the recognition from VMware.

8th time vExpert title

Last week VMware announced accounced it’s community awards. I love receiving this email from VMware :)

Congratulations on your vExpert Award!


It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the vExpert program. 
Please be patient, over the next week we will setup your access, software licenses, certificates and vExpert badges. 

We will email you once this is completed.

VMware vExpert Certificate

2020 Year review

2020 not recommend

For all of us 2020 has been a very different Year than before. We faced so many challenges, in many countries we were literally locked in our houses, we faced illness and job losses. Fortunately for the IT world 2020 wasn’t as challenging as for the others. In this post I would like to share with you what I have been up to in 2020.

Use SSH With Private and Public Keys in VMware ESXi


I am a private Linux user since many Years and I always have used combination of username and password to authenticate when logging via Secure Shell (SSH). It worked pretty well for Years but recently as my Linux footprint grew it started to be very tiresome. I knew that there is this “magical way” to login without password but I was reluctant to try it out. Once I tried it out I loved it and I never ever want to user password to authenticate with SSH. In this post you will learn how you can use combination of public and private keys to login to VMware ESXi.

Unable to run vCenter Server Appliance installer on macOS

Today I wanted to install a fresh vCenter Server Appliance for further automatic provisioning with Terraform. When I wanted to install the vCenter Server Appliance I faced an error while I tried to mount ISO in Finder and execute the install. vCenter Server Appliance blocked

Register for Digital VMworld 2020

VMworld 2020 Logo

The Year 2020 keeps bringing us surprises. First global pandemic which is still up and running, last days a huge explosion in Beirut and I really want 2020 to be over. Godzilla - please don’t wake up yet.

Funny things aside - what we didn’t expect is the switch to digital conferences. It happened for Google, Microsoft and others. VMware follows the path as well. I really like it and I would like to share it with you as well.