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    Counterfeit LG Monitor or price mistake?

    Haha, not sure about that - definitely didn't mean to imply I was responsible =) Just happened to stumble on this deal thread and hoped it might make someone's life easier if they were following yet another scam ebay listing.
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    Counterfeit LG Monitor or price mistake?

    Closing the loop for anyone interested - listing removed and seller account pulled from ebay.
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    Intel Xeon L5639 Hexa(6) Core LGA1366 Price:US $79.80 Used Ebay Seller

    Have been following this thread off and on as I've used some x5650s in a couple repurposed home servers - wanted to take the time to post simply because that was an excellent response by zoson and he deserves a salute.
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    Elon Musk's Hyperloop Alpha Design

    Can't tell if serious...
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    Consolidated Builds - Spare parts

    Hahaha, I probably need to get around to listing some of it to be honest. I had purposed a bunch of that stuff for home lab / vm server testing gpu passthrough among other things, as well as a small FC san for hosting the vm datastores. While I have had it working fairly well, I decided it...
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    Consolidated Builds - Spare parts

    May be OT, but general hardware seemed the most applicable - just had one of those evenings of tearing apart a couple builds and pulling out the random parts that were sitting around "about" to be used. Ended up with a little more than I expected, and figured I'd share with my fellow [H]:
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    HP 48 port Managed Layer 3 PoE Gigabit Switch

    Bump - will consider reasonable offers from [H] members!
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    HP 48 port Managed Layer 3 PoE Gigabit Switch

    Model A5120-48G-PoE http://http://www.ebay.com/itm/140996150870 Thanks for looking!
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    Looking for a home lab managed switch (Possibly PoE)

    Thanks for the confirmation guys - if I do end up keeping it I already was planning on it being tucked in a closet in the basement to keep my audible sanity.
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    Looking for a home lab managed switch (Possibly PoE)

    So, I know there's plenty of threads on this, but I was actually looking for a quick bit of advice from those in the know. I'm considering getting a "decent" managed switch for my personal use, wouldn't mind some extras more to play around with, and PoE could be useful in the future. Originally...
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    Sony Boss Explains Why No PS4 Shown

    If we were talking PS4 vs the new xbox, I'd be inclined to agree with you. As it stands, the Wii U vs PS4 is a completely different race, and targets fairly different segments (yes, still gamers, but look who the audiences are).
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    Virtualizing a HTPC

    As said above, to run an independent vm as a htpc off esxi, you basically have to passthrough a gpu and a USB hub (unless the USB receiver you have can be passed through individually - the ones I've seen act similar to mice/kb's and can't). With that said, passthrough in itself has caveats...
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    Possible to make a VM Host that is energy efficient?

    If 500 watts is really your benchmark, that's not even really a question at all. But guessing that you're just asking in general, intel xeon (SB or IB) based vm hosts run particularly light on the power, and are probably the best you can ask for in a capable host. Of course, the higher strain...
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    So, just following up on some preliminary testing - This is the initial results of exporting a 4x1tb F3 Raid 10 array via 4gbps FC to a windows 7 test vm: There's no zil/l2arc ssd setup on here (yet?) - do these results look reasonable? What could I do to improve the 4k reads/writes...
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    best laptop for ESX server

    Unless you need it to be portable (which doesn't appear in your requirements), what advantage is there to running a full time esxi host on a laptop by design? I mean, people use laptops here and there bc they happen to have them around, not because its the best option. You can find quiet, low...
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    Thanks - that would make sense, as in the mean-time I had done just what you mentioned - checked through what options were configurable on the vm's, and couldn't find anything that would suggest a virtualized fibre interface along the same vein as ethernet and vmxnet. As a quick follow-up...
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    I'm planning on running an esxi box that will ultimately be storage-centric - I'd like to run basically two vm's on it, a ZFS vm that will share out higher performance storage for other esxi hosts as fc targets, and a secondary simple nas for media storage, and will run something easily...
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    Micron announces 960 GB SSD for under $600

    If MSRP is truly under 6, it'll interesting to see what sales could get ~1tb of quality ssd down to by the end of the year. 5~ish or less would be one hell of a steal for what these would potentially offer.
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    thanks for the response, as it seems to confirm my interpretation. I guess I wish there was a way to use a simple yet intelligent ssd write cache - my concern is that a single sustained write for more than whatever can fit in ram will quickly reduce all other write performance significantly...
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    OpenSolaris derived ZFS NAS/ SAN (OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris and napp-it)

    So, looking to see how performance would be with the following setup - Separate physical zfs san linked to esxi host(s) over 4gbps fc (I got the fibre cards cheap, so even if I wouldn't saturate them it's still fun to use, and allows for overhead if I can push more) On the zfs box, it will...
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    Thanks for the answer lop. First and foremost, I'll say that this is partly a learning experience, and not a critical application where I'm truly worried about 1gbps flat out not working at all. That said, I guess the logic that I had come back to was that if I was doing a large read/write...
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    Haha, this sounds suspiciously like a lesson learned from experience =) which we can all agree make for the best ones that you never forget. I definitely appreciate the heads-up, and I'll keep it in mind once I get the cards in and can start playing with them.
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    From a lot of the benches and others experiences, there's a fair amount of difference between 1g Ethernet vs 4gbps fc, not only in throughput but latencies which would actually make a difference for booting vms over datastores. I do agree that iops is often a quicker limiting factor tho, and...
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    Thanks for the confirmation, I feel decent enough about it to pick up a few things and tinker around. Also, found some additional on-topic discussion over at http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=971190 - should hopefully run fairly easily.
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    eSata enclosures don't really help with being able to set up an expandable/high performance shared storage pool, unless I'm missing something. And also yes, even if I did have to get a fc switch they aren't that prohibitive second hand. It's just that from what I've parsed from various...
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    eBay for home lab makes fc hba's pretty affordable, where 4gbps fc is a pretty good value (quads around $100, dual or singles significantly less)
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    Well, I had considered it, but a few things are somewhat leading me away from that: 1) a quad port bonded would at most give me a total bandwidth of 4gbps aggregate, best case scenario, 2) arguably more expensive than fibre HBAs (4gb) - with less potential 3) bonding to get one-to-one...
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    Fibre FC Attached Datastores for esxi

    I'll begin by apologizing a) for my ignorance and b) if this is a little more networking forum than vm'ing. That out of the way, I'm looking to have a zfs nas/san that will host datastore(s) for 2 esxi hosts that are sitting in the same rack (so distance isn't an issue) in my home lab. I'm...
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    Esxi 5 and gtx680

    To be honest, VGA Passthrough is exceptionally touchy - and as far as I know, the only solutions that have worked at all have all been AMD. To date I haven't heard a clear explanation as to why that's the case, but I believe that there have been literally no reported instances of nvidia passing...
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    AMD FX-8120: Confirmed VMDirectPath compatible motherboard?

    I think this is what he was saying - while under 5.0 you could pass through the USB controller/hub itself, 5.1 and 5.1u1 have this functionality currently busted and will not work.
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    building new rig ($5-600 budget) -- using old parts -- 8800gts incredibly outdated?

    Yes, very outdated. For a total 5-600 budget, you could put some of it towards a new card that would make a decent improvement without major investment.
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    AMD FX-8120: Confirmed VMDirectPath compatible motherboard?

    Oh yea, vga passthrough is actually a lot of fun, albeit still not a perfect science. I actually have a test vm box on 5.0 with 2 vga passthroughs coupled with usb hubs passed, and the net effect is more or less fully functional desktops. From what I'm hearing elsewhere, while 5.1u1 did...
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    VMware Noobie Help - Which CPU?

    As was stated, the major benefits of 2011 over 1155 are: 1. 8 ram slots vs 4 2. Possibility of hex-core (assuming you're not going xeon, so no 8) 3. PCI-e lanes For tinkering around without any heavy loads, but just for learning purposes, Netwerkz above has some good points. If you ever...
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    AMD FX-8120: Confirmed VMDirectPath compatible motherboard?

    Is that the recent 5.1 update you're talking about? Was wondering if it supposedly fixed the passthrough issues that were biting people trying to run 5.1. Edit: quick searching seems to show that general passthrough is indeed fixed, although passing a USB hub still doesn't work.
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    VMware Noobie Help - Which CPU?

    If you're not going to be doing anything intensive, the 3820 is probably the better buy between it and the 3930k. You also could always swap out later and sell off the 3820 if you found yourself needing more. As was mentioned above, the bigger sticking point with 2011 vs 1155 is the motherboards...
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    VMware Noobie Help - Which CPU?

    Depending on what you're planning on playing with, you might consider whether or not you'll need vt-d - the 2700k and 3770k will not have vt-d and you won't be able to play with passthrough at all. On the non-xeon side, 3930k does, as do all socket 2011 (including the 4-core 3820, but excluding...
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    New Silverstone FT02

    Yea, I had considered that. But at the same time, I'm not even sure I'll be putting in any 5.25's, as I have literally no need for a optical drive anymore...only thing may be a fan controller, and from what it seems there's a few good matching options on that front.
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    New Silverstone FT02

    So, felt like stirring up some relatively needless support - I've had a RV-02E in the past which I loved, and was planning a new build with a FT-02. The question that I'm left at is black or silver; I'm leaning silver, but I'm not sure how it really looks in person, and if it holds up...
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    ESXi virtual rdm vs passthrough performance?

    Aside from the more tedious nature of it, I believe lopetive had made comments in the past of RDM not being a 100% solution, and there being some fringe cases where issues may arise. While I have used RDM here and there, I'd definitely do a search through these forums as I know this has been...
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