At this point, we have the ESXi host built and VM’s running, but things are SLOOOOWWWW on that 7200RPM hard drive. So whats next? SSD’s of course!
I picked up a couple 240GB drives and went to work backing up my VM’s.
I use Veeam for backups, which I’m a huge fan of. I’ve been using Veeam for around 6 or 7 years, and it’s hands down the best backup software I’ve used. Super easy to configure, and I can restore: entire VM’s, FLR (file-level recovery), and single email items inside Exchange mailboxes very quickly (Ok, Veeam commercial over).
So I backed up my VM’s and removed my old hard drive from the ESXi host.
I installed the SSD’s and began restoring my VM’s. It was a little bit of a process since I needed to install Veeam onto a different physical box to do the restores; due to my backup server being located on a VM in the lab. By the way, you should always put Veeam on a separate physical box 😛 In the end, it didn’t take very long at all though, and what a difference SSD’s make!!
I’ve added a few more VM’s into the lab as well:
I’ve also added some cool gear. Many thanks to Hak5!
More to come soon, so stay tuned!!
- How-to videos of exercises using the pineapple, rubber ducky, and lan turtle
- Using PowerShell Empire with various Windows boxes, including Windows 10
- A NAS upgrade/offsite replication configuration
- A firewall upgrade from OpenWrt/Raspberry Pi to a Cisco ASA 5505
- and much more!