I wanted to share my experience building a ESXi HOME LAB with VPN access that can be used for development and testing purposes and also making sure its the most energy efficient setup and light on your pocket coupled with good performance and negligible noise.
This article is aimed at Home users and Small & Medium business users who don't have huge needs to running resource hungry applications/databases instead just running some WEB applications, NAS, Windows AD or RedHat Infra and media sharing across the network for multiple users.

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Its possible to change the interface name in Linux and reload without a reboot. It usually happens in Virtual environment where you add / remove interfaces frequently. You need to take note of the interfaces before you do any changes. Make sure that there are no active connections going to the NIC as you are going to restart the network service for the chagesz to take effect. Again you would not need a reboot.

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Its possible to add a disk dynamically (without reboot) in a Linux host in Virtual Environment by following some simple steps in this article. In a Virtualized world there is a frequent requirement for adding extra disks/space on the fly, as and when required with "Downtime" being a BIG NO NO....

Once you have added a new disk using vSphere Client interface for the host, go ahead and scan the iSCSI Bus Channel.

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