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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    VMs hard-drive will be stored on a SAN. I have a DS1513+ with 3x Western Digital SE 4 TB + 2x128 GB SSD for read cache connected in iSCSI. SSD would be for caching and datastore or to discover other functionalities I can do with this and ESXi (I'm open to suggestions. I've read that SSD...
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    lolllll :p I don't have a joint bank account yet :p ;) Should be able to avoid this loll ;) Can you explain more please ? I know I can boot ESXi off a USB thumb drive, but is there any advantages in doing this than installing it on a SSD ? If you'd buy a home lab, would you consider...
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    Yeah I've also read that somewhere. Nested virtualization. Or when the time will come I'll buy a used server just to experiment HA and clustering. I don't think it needs to be the same hardware (confirmation?)
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    Socket 2011 : X9SRH-7F SNK-P0050AP4 cooler Xeon E5-2620v2 KVR16LR11S4K4/32I Intel 530 180 Fractal Design Case Seasonic Platinum What about this? I read more cpu cores is better for virtualization. I can get this for a really good price too. Sure, it doesn't get me two machines for...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    I got a question just for fun ! I've noticed that most of you have multiple ESXi hosts. I'm kind of new into the virtualization server world (I do virtualize a lot of stuff but mainly in VMware Workstation or Parallels) and I will soon buy my first ESXi host server. So my question is : why...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    With DSM 5.0 it does write caching. With a small upfront investment, businesses can benefit from significant server performance enhancement. The SSDs can bridge between the main server and the slower internal drives. In SSD cache write mode, data is first written on the SSD then flushed back...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Would that be a good build for home lab ? X9SRH-7F with LSI 2308 Xeon E5-2620v2 KVR16LR11S4K4/32 32 GB ECC Fully Buffered Intel 530 240 GB (maybe for caching or local datastore) For running 10 VMs (at least). Will upgrade to 64 GB of RAM in future. I have a Synology DS1513+ with 2...
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    Critique this haswell esxi 5.5 build please

    Well, one will be a file aerver under BTRFS RHEL. Others will be windows 2012 for DC, AD, exchange, terminal services.... Everything needed for microsoft certifications. Usually not cpu intensive. it's more RAM intensive than cpu. The 2011 socket pleases me for possible future ram upgrade...
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    Critique this haswell esxi 5.5 build please

    I was looking for the exact same platform : the same Supermicro board and Xeon E3. You list here you'll be running about 4 VMs on it. What if we extrapolate to about 9-10 Windows VMs ? Would it still be enough ? (this build is for Microsoft certifications). Thanks for your feedback.
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    Esxi lab MSCA but with remote access needed

    Same thing for me. I tried both ESXi and Hyper-V and ESXi feels stronger, more stable, more reliable and performed better than the Microsoft solution.
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    Ok !! :) So for a home lab, would you buy this ? Is it a good investment ?
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    Thanks. I've taken a look to Norco cases too. I had that question in mind too : brackets. That's why I went first with a normal standard case for better future compatibility with add-in cards (mainly Ethernet NICs or HBAs). I want it to be silent too. And a rack mount is really not the same...
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    Thanks for the CPU. I'll get this one :) Define R4 is too big for my needs. Even the Fractal Mini is quite big, but I like it. Sure, the bet would be a rack mount case but in this category I know absolutely nothing.
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    NAS/KVM build - please advice

    Thanks for the explanation! So which memory should I get to make sure it is 100% compatible? I though Mingston was the leader in compatibility. Is Micron/Crucial would be better ?
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    Thanks for your input. I'd rather take a single SSD. It's not that expensive. I can get it of 135$ which is not that bad for a SSD. The motherboard supports VT-d and of course the Xeon also supports it. So at this level I'm good.
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    NAS/KVM build - please advice

    I'm also looking for this kit of RAM with a SuperMicro board. What do you mean by "that isn't on a locked BOM" ? Sorry for my ignorance, but this is the first time I see this. Thank for your explanations :)
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    Need advice for ESXi 5.5 build

    Hi ! This is the first time I will build my home ESXi server. The main goal of this build is essentially for home lab. I want to pass the Microsoft and eventually VMware certifications as I will get more experience when using ESXi. But I've never built a home lab server. For VMs storage, I...
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    help on pre built nas question

    412+ : + means small business. It is on an Intel x86 platform. 413 and 414 are more targeted for home use and use ARM platform. So for more advanced use, you want the "+" :)
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    help on pre built nas question

    Thank you very very much HobarTas for this !!! I'll take a look at this for my essay :) Thanks a lot :P
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    what do you keep on HDDs?

    What's occupies the most space in my drives is my MSDN softwares and music. I rip every CDs I have in my HDDs in WAV lossless. So it takes about 500 GB only in music. I also have a couple of virtual machines drives and drive image backup, game installations files, 30 GB of digital photos... My...
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    help on pre built nas question

    I'm interested in the reasons that pushed you to go against ZFS :) I'm currently writing an essay (I'm a student) on networking storage and this could be interesting. I have to write down every pros and cons of systems, including ZFS.
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    help on pre built nas question

    Lol :p Nah I haven't been brainwashed. I've made my own research about ZFS and that's the conclusion I've ended with. ZFS is a very nice file system with great features, but generally require more power, especially from RAM. But some have successfully installed ZFS systems on little HP N5xL...
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    What's the best home file server nowdays

    I agree !!! It is SLOW ! loL !! :p
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    help on pre built nas question

    On a pre-built file server like a Synology, you don't have to assembly the hardware, install the OS and install all the services you want. It's mainly plug and play. Sure, you have to add the users, DC, create share, etc, just like on any OS. Sure for the OS, but I doubt you Apache, MySQL and...
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    help on pre built nas question

    Pre-built vs DIY NAS : Pre-built is faster to deploy Pre-built is mainly maintenance-free (automatic updates of services and firmware) Pre-built has sometime less features than DIY: Debian or Red Hat has a lot more packages you can install. Pre-built has lower end hardware (mainly Atom)...
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    NAS recommendations

    I think he was saying that the cost with drives cost him the price of only the pre-built NAS would have cost. But his setup certainly took him longer to setup than a Synology for the same/equivalent features a Synology offers.
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    whats current "best" SSD on the market?

    But for 3x the price ;) But yes, me too don't like OCZ Revo. Cheap hardware inside that, and it's simply the storage company with the worst reputation ever.
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    whats current "best" SSD on the market?

    I think it's this one in the new 2013 MacBook Pro :)
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    whats current "best" SSD on the market?

    Anything branded Samsung, Intel or Crucial is good :) Samsung 840 Pro currently achieves the best performance on the market.
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    What's the best home file server nowdays

    But if you take the synology example, you don't need anything more ... Unless you want ZFS, Synology NAS are very good. Sure, it's expensive. Less powerful : yes, but for simple "traditional" non-ZFS file system, it's enough. Anyway, you'll be limited by the network. Less flexible : okay...
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    What's the best home file server nowdays

    ZFS on an Atom based rig ?! And you say you have good performance ?! I'm interested in a few numbers here ! How do you score in IOPS and data throughput ?
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    NAS recommendations

    A lot of people here are adept from ZFS file system. A lot use OpenIndianna or OpenSolaris, even FreeNAS to backup their data with this file system. ZFS continually calculate checksum of data, search for silent data corruption, do deduplication, snapshots, etc... This is a very, very nice file...
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    To RAID or not. Home server questions

    Just to put my two cents on this. I went to the Quebec's Hackfest, a 2-day special event in Quebec city where security experts talk about various security threats. One conference was about those HP shit. And yes, this is real shit when talking about security. Many, many many security issues on...
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    SSD for MBP

    My friend chose an Intel 530 series. Very nice SSD. Works very good in MBP.
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    Performance gains from secure-erasing and SSD?

    True. I do it because I have time to do this operation, because the "gain" is not noticeable at the usage, only in benchmarks, and as faugusztin said, only for a period of time.
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    Performance gains from secure-erasing and SSD?

    I personally always secure erase my SSDs before reinstalling the OS because, according to some tests, there's actually a performance improvement when secure erasing the drive.
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    Hardware for VMware home lab and NAS

    Well I don't know a lot about vSphere trainings. My employer just told me he would pay me the certifications and I would only have to pay the lab to practice. But I haven't get information yet about how to follow the courses. I didn't know Autolab. Seems nice, but I prefer to run it using the...
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    Hardware for VMware home lab and NAS

    But I need VSphere and ESXi to pass the VSphere exams :p I can virtualize ESXi, but I don't think it's a very nice setup to virtualize an hypervisor :p The company for which I work is growing. They want to establish virtualization services and VSphere is definitively interesting them.
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    Hardware for VMware home lab and NAS

    Budget is around 2000 $ Well, I'm totally in the dark because I don't know what's the requirements to get a decent lab for VMware certifications. I'm currently a student, my employer told me he could pay me every exams I pass, but I will have to pay the lab to study the certifications. Maybe...
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    Hardware for VMware home lab and NAS

    Many thanks for your input. HBAs are better than RAID card ? RAID card often have onboard memory. Would the system be faster with this on-board memory ? My switch is only Gigabit but can do 802.3ad. So the main thing is to know between a 4 cores or 6 cores. I don't really know if the 2...
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