Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

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  1. Outlaw85

    Outlaw85 Gawd

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    Exactly. Something I can manage :)
     
  2. burritoincognito

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    Just upgraded from a NUC i5 1.2GHz w/ 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 1TB data to a Dell PowerEdge T320 from work. Xeon 1.9GHz hex core w/ 96GB RAM, 3x256GB SSD & 3x1TB 7200 RAID 5 arrays.

    Kind of makes my laptop less necessary...I can go back to nesting things on a server instead of carrying around my lab and not using it.

    Although, whenever I get a proper license, I'll likely go back to a few NUCs and a NAS. But, for now, this will suffice. Especially with the price.
     
  3. trick0502

    trick0502 [H]ardness Supreme

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    So I got an ibm x3550 m3 from work. I'm not sure if it's dual 8 thread or dual 12 thread, but it will have 192gb of ram. I only have three hdd cages right now, so I'll need to order more. I play on running a 240gb ssd and two 1tb reds in raid 1 for now. Should have it up and running over the weekend.

    Anyone have any know how if running esxi 6.5 on one of these?
     
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  5. TeleFragger

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    ughhh I have been so busy.. everything is powered off and I haven't been on forums or anything.. so my bad.. bigtime.. 8 months late!!!



    that is the one I followed...
     
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  6. Outlaw85

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    Since I did some cleanup. Thought I would share the progress.

    Was able to keep the front door but had to remove the rear.
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    Sorry for flash reflection, didn't realize it was there until I uploaded.
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    Going to try color coding cables. Made the purple ones for management. Black is standard network use for now.
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  7. AliceCooper

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    Updated my lab this year.

    Dell R720 - ESXi 5.5 - File Server, pfsense, linux box, miner
    Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650L V2 10c/20T 1.7ghz
    192GB DDR3 ECC
    400GB Intel Enterprise SSD for the VM's
    Two 1TB Barracudas (storage)

    Dell R620 - ESXi 5.5 - Miner
    Dual E5-2667 6c/12T 2.9ghz
    64GB DDR3 ECC
    250GB 5400RPM 2.5" VM drive

    Dell R620 - ESXi 5.5 - Miner
    Dual E5-2620 6c/12T 2.0ghz
    32GB DDR3 ECC
    320GB 5400rpm 2.5" VM drive
     
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  9. Outlaw85

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    No pics? where's the HW pron?!

    I do too on the san and in raid.
     
  10. AliceCooper

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    Laptop spindles at that LOL. They're non critical VM's, could care less about their boot time or performance, this is my home lab and all they're going to do is run miners for now.


    Pic maybe to come lol, the cable management is horrendous. Hardly get a down time to work on it since my wife is home when I'm home and everything runs through the internet. Guess I could clean it up and move the server 1 PSU at a time. I'll take some tonight and if I remember I'll post em lol.

    Found this on my phone, maybe it will hold you over until the HW pics come lol. This is my R720.
    20170318_113417.jpg
     
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  11. AliceCooper

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    Here you go :). Dont mind the cables lol.
     

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  12. Child of Wonder

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    Updated my lab with a Pure m20 with 10TB raw.

    3.6:1 with about a dozen various VMs on it.
     
  13. mstrzyze

    mstrzyze n00bie

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    Pics of that pure?;)
     
  14. agrikk

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    I posted pics in the Network pics thread, but I finally got my ESX lab up and running around a much more performant iSCSI SAN.

    ESX1
    ESX2
    ESX3

    ESX 5.1
    Supermicro H8SGL-F motherboard
    Opteron 6128 8 cores @ 2 GHz
    32GB PC1333 RAM
    Mellanox ConnectX 10g HBA

    switch
    Fujitsu XG2000 10Gig switch

    SAN1 (iSCSI SAN)
    FreeNAS 11.1u1
    Supermicro X8DTE-F motherboard
    2x Xeon E5620 4 cores @ 2.4GHz each
    48GB Registered ECC PC1333 RAM
    IBM M1015 HBA (Flashed to LSI 9240-IT mode)
    8x 256GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD
    Mellanox ConnectX 10gig HBA

    I am able to generate 150,000 read IO/s sustained with a combined non-sequential read/write load of 40,000.

    Finding the combination of firmware and drivers and OSes that would make the ConnectX cards work together (in either ethernet mode or Infiniband mode) was an absolute street fight but it all finally plays nicely together.

    If I were to do it over again, I would have gone with the ConnextX-3 SFP cards, but I would have had to use NexentaStor CE for my SAN and pay a premium for a managed Infiniband switch.