1. AveryFreeman

    Ideas for using LVM+BTRFS clone and keeping up to date?

    So this is fun, I just woke up to a clone job of my laptop being finished, it was kind of an experiment. It runs OpenSUSE, so it's got a BTRFS root and snapshots triggered by package manager. I wanted to back it up so I could have a copy of the machine to run elsewhere, here's how I did it...
  2. AveryFreeman

    ESXi: Do you use NFSv4 or iSCSI for your multipath datastores? What's your stack look like?

    Hey, So I'm wanting to set up some MPIO datastores for ESXi. They'd be for several different workloads: General file storage, video recording on VMs, and the VMs themselves. I looked long and hard at several cluster file systems, but let's face it: Ceph is complicated, OCFS2 is obscure and...
  3. AveryFreeman

    Did anyone here ditch vSphere for Proxmox, other?

    Hey, I've got vSphere 7 and keep wondering at least once a year if I should ditch vSphere for something open source. I'm thinking KVM-based, but have my eye on the Illumos/FreeBSD bhyve projects, too - although what I've tried of them has been really rough around the edges. Also open to Xen...
  4. L

    Tuning ESXi 6.5 (and above) for 100 GbE networking

    I just got my first 100G network set up last night with two Connect-X 5 cards connecting my TrueNAS box to my ESXi 6.5 box. Out of the box, it works acceptably (80 Gbits/sec via iperf2). I've seen some articles that cover tweaks that can be made on the TrueNAS (FreeBSD) side to bring down CPU...
  5. L

    Boot Esxi 7.0 on supermicro x10 NVME m.2

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone here knows how to boot up Esxi 7.0 on a m.2 or even if it is possible? Because I want to use M.2's instead of regular SSD drives. My Supermicro motherboard does not support any M.2 onboard, that is why I bought a PCIE 4 to M.2 adapter to support my M.2.
  6. X

    ESXi 6.5 - AMD Vega GH M - Ubuntu vm - freezes host on reboot

    Good day, I am facing a weird issue where I can passthrough the Vega M gpu to a Windows 10 VM and reboot/shutdown without issues. Passing the gpu through to an Ubuntu 18.04 vm works fine for the first time, but once I reboot the vm, the host freeze (unable to access web interface or SSH). If...
  7. marcoi

    Home network redo of 2021

    I am in the process of upgrading my home network for this year. I am moving to 10GB and also want to redo the networking to make it more efficient etc. My house had some networking done prior to my purchase. I think its all cat 5e. It setup where ports are around the kitchen area, living room...
  8. S

    vSAN sizing reccomandations

    Hi guys, I would like to setup a VMware vSAN hybrid in my homelab, by using 3 nodes having 32 EPYC cores each. Each node has 10 spinning SAS disk 10k of 900GB each, then I have some SSD like PM983 of 960GB, and of course I could by other SSD as needed. The amount of VM is quite limited: around...
  9. AveryFreeman

    Anyone using IB over ConnectX-3 w/ ESXi 7.0U1?

    Hey, I've never used an IB adapter before, but I was thinking of doing some direct-attached IB adapters for my 3 ESXi hosts now that I learned my 3 Intel 82598EB adapters I dug out of storage are now no longer supported. I do have VCSA if that matters. I have 82599 10GbE for basic networking...
  10. A

    vSphere 7 - Storage adapter: Status "unknown"

    All you VMware experts, I need help! I have 2 SuperMicro servers: VSAN: SYS-1028U-TNRTP+ and non-VSAN: SYS-1028R-WTRT. Both have HBA LSI 9300-8i Status for Storage Adapter is showing "Unknown" even though the inbox native driver is used. esxcli software vib list | grep msgpt3 lsi-msgpt35...
  11. F

    Migrating napp-it to new hardware

    Hey there, So I've currently purchased some new hardware for my Esxi/napp-it aio as I couldn't fit any more drives in the current case. I'm currently planning the migration from old to new hardware. I'm going to do a fresh install of esxi and napp-it ovf on the new hardware. When it comes to...
  12. Bjorn Smith

    FreeNAS virtualized under ESXi

    Hi, I am considering downscaling my homelab to just one server. But that would require me to virtualize my FreeNAS under ESXi and then use the FreeNAS pools via ISCSi or NFS. Every single time I have tried it in the past - server reboots has been a pain in the butt, since ESXi is so slow/not...
  13. adminmat

    How can I check SSD's TBW in ESXi?

    I have an SSD mounted in an Dell Optiplex Micro running ESXi 6.7.0 with an Ubuntu VM. I just use a single SSD. I'd like to check the TBW of this SSD but the last mention I can find to do this in ESXi was in 2016. A tool on that is no longer supported. I can't check SMART from Ubuntu...
  14. F

    My new build: Xeon E-2186

    Build’s Name: Eta carinae Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXi, FreeNAS and others CPU: Intel Xeon E-2186G Motherboard: Supermicro X11SCA-F Chassis: Fractal Design Define R5 Drives: 8x HGST HUH721010ALE600-FR RAM: Samsung M391A2K43BB1-CTD DDR4 Workstation RAM, PC4-21300 (2666), ECC...
  15. R

    ESXi 6.7: VM Booting from USB [Solved for now]

    Tried figuring out how to boot vm's from usb on esxi 6.7. Host usb device (passthrough-lite?) failed. PCI passthrough with the usb controller + Host usb device passthrough failed. In the end the fundamental issue comes to booting after installing the media. Solution is found here, save yourself...
  16. G

    Need help with esxi install

    Hello everyone, I recently bought a pretty old DL160 G6 server in order to just run a few tests here and there and generally just play around with. I am having some issues with installing ESXi on it, however. When I install it from a USB drive like I have seen from some youtube videos it will...
  17. Sleyk

    Full List of ALL Unsupported Devices in ESXI/VMware 7.0!

    This guy in England found the whole treasure trove of unsupported devices in the new 7.0. All 735 of them. Full List: ESXi 7.0 Unsupported Hardware You can also read his blog post here: ESXi 7.0: The Unsupported
  18. R

    IBM ServeRAID M5014 / LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i replacement for VMware ESXi 7

    Home server: ASRock H97M Pro4 motherboard IBM ServeRAID M5014 RAID card with LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i 12.15.0-0189 firmware and BBU 4 x 3TB WD Red hard drives in RAID 1+0 2 x 512GB Crucial MX100 SSDs in RAID 1 VMware ESXi 6.7u3 In anticipation of a clean install of ESXi 7, I've picked up another...
  19. J

    vSphere 7.0 and 10Gbe

    I have a homelab setup that consists of a box running FreeNAS serving iSCSI to 2xDL380e Gen8's. I've been using "MT26448 [ConnectX EN 10GigE , PCIe 2.0 5GT/s]" cards, these were ConnectX-2 HP branded single SFP+ port cards. They will not function in ESXi 7.0 as they function as a "legacy"...
  20. J

    New member, new build, need advice

    OK! wow.... what a great community STH is. I wish I would have known about this place sooner. I have been doing a lot of reading the past week. This has led to the typical highs, feeling like I know what I want, and lows, feeling like I know nothing about what is out there. That being said, I am...