Installing Docker and Portainer on PhotonOS

It recently occurred to me that simple tasks such as setting up an internal web server or database were taking too long. Each time I needed to setup a website I was manually provisioning a VM, installing Debian, configuring the system by hand, installing Nginx, etc. There has to be a better way.

Enter docker. I’ve know about containers for awhile now but have yet to take a look. In this post I’m going to be installing Docker within my HomeLab on top of VMware’s new Photon OS, and showing how to manage the system with Portainer.

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How to setup vSphere encryption

With the release of vSphere 6.5 VMware have drastically improved the state of vSphere security by implementing new features such as VM-level disk encryption, encrypted vMotion and support for the new secure boot model. Unfortunately, unlike Microsoft’s Hyper-V, VMware took the path of relying upon an entirely separate key management system for the storing of encryption keys.

In this guide I’m going to be showing you how to setup vSphere’s encryption features from scratch, suitable key management solutions, and my personal recommendations.

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