Finally caved and bought VMUG Advantage.

VMUG Advantage

So far I believe is worth the money. Workstation, Fusion, and vSphere integration I think is going to be very useful. The site layout is also simple and easy to use.

More guides and comments to come.


Hardware: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ 

Tools: (518) 486-4549

Image: Raspbian Stretch Lite




Tip #1: After logging in to your Raspberry Pi for the first time don’t forget to run:

sudo raspi-config

This will help guide you on changing your locale to US ( en_US.UTF-8) and setup a US keyboard layout . If your keyboard is not on the list, choose one of the generic keyboards. Reboot, then check if the setting is correct by typing  |  . If it does not display correctly in your prompt, you have yet to fix your keyboard setting, which will prevent you from installing Pi-hole.

Tip #2: After successfully installing Pi-hole and writing down your password, update the ad block list by running:

sudo pihole -g

And or logging into the web GUI <pi-holeipaddress>/admin and updating via the Pi-hole menu.


(617) 459-7691

1. Download the ESXI 6.7 image from VMware (requires an account).

2. Use Rufus to create a bootable usb.

3. Insert the bootable usb into host.

4. Reboot the host, then using the boot menu (F11). Then select BIOS Boot, there select the bootable usb you have created.

5. Once loaded, follow the instruction provided by the installer. (Make sure you are installing or upgrading to the correct drive/volume).

6. After the prompted reboot, log in and ensure the update was successful by checking the current build version.


With the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ still available its time to decide on a new project, Pi-hole or MagicMirror2.


  • Ad-blocking for the network
  • DNS Monitoring
  • Integration with ELK will enhance network monitoring and security


  • Convenient way to see routine information (weather, news, etc.)
  • To-do list
  • Decorative

WordPress Setup Tip

Bitnami WordPress is configured taking security in mind. It means that permissions for directories and files are strongly tied up. While WordPress will work with most of plugins out there (and most popular ones), some plugins require further configuration or have issues with permissions. If you are having permission issues while installing, using or updating a plugin, log into your server and execute the following commands:

sudo chown -R bitnami:daemon [installdir]/apps/wordpress/htdocs/wp-content
sudo chmod -R g+w [installdir]/apps/wordpress/htdocs/wp-content

If you are using a Cloud Image or a Virtual Machine, [installdir] will be /opt/bitnami.