1. AveryFreeman

    ESXi internal network to VM

    Hi, I'm trying to do something that I'm not sure if I can do without vSphere server, I have ESXi 6.5 without vSphere (standard built-in web-client only) and I want to create an internal network (separate vSwitch) that has traffic isolated from any physical NICs How do I do this? I created...
  2. A

    USB controller Pass-through Supermicro X11SSH-LN4F ESXI 6.5

    So I've literally had this problem for like a year. I just absolutely cannot get the onboard USB controller for this Supermicro X11SSH-LN4F to show up in ESXI as a pass-through option. It just doesn't appear in the list of pass-through hardware. I own a number of other Supermicro X11 boards and...
  3. L

    How important is it to use components that are on the VMware HCL?

    I'm looking to build a new ESXi 6.0/6.5 whitebox server for my small business using a VMware vSphere Essentials Kit license. I'm currently shopping for a motherboard. In the past, I've found supported Supermicro motherboards by checking the HCL for Supermicro systems and then determining which...
  4. C

    Is augmenting my existing setup with a SAN build a good idea?

    Im currently running an 'all-in-one' ESXi 6.5 build where my storage tier is a quasi-san but all built into the existing host. The VM root file-system is a VMDK housed on one of the SSD datastores and then I have 4 HDD's passed through to the NAS OS via RDM. The HDDs are setup as a RAID10...
  5. N

    Upgrade advice from AMD FX-9590 to Intel or AMD Naples?

    Hello, I had built a ESXi system originally with 5.5 on it, but have upgraded to VMWare vSphere 6.5. It runs an FX-9590 processor (220W, but undervolted) with 32GB DDR3 RAM (Max) on an ASRock 990FX Extreme9 board that is also water cooled (trying to quiet it a bit). Also have a 256GB SSD for...
  6. realtomatoes

    Working ESXi on Ryzen

    gents, a user on reddit just managed to boot up ESXi on ryzen. says all he did was disable SMT on bios. appreciate if ryzen owners could confirm that? thread here.
  7. C

    HP ML350e G8 Server - CPU Option Opinions - Should I?

    Hi All, I currently have an HP ML310e G8 and whilst its a good server it is bottlenecked by the fact it only supports 32GB DDR3 UDIMM RAM and I use it as a ESXi host. The processor is a E3-1220 V2 (Quad Core no HT) and I have 2 of these servers running max ram and loaded with 4 x 3TB drives in...
  8. Marty007

    Building my first server - too many choices!

    I have been up and down on Google, actually sat down and built an ESXI box, then jumped to Windows Home Server 2011 (don't ask why), now I am looking at FreeNAS. Either I have ADHD, or there are too many squirrels in my life! Older rig I picked up here, X8 board, with a quad core Xeon...
  9. N

    ESXi on ASRock 990FX Xtreme9 non IPMI, Stay or Go?

    Hello, I built a ESXi Whitebox a little over a year ago that has a ASRock 990FX Xtreme9 AMD motherboard with an AMD 9590FX 8 core processor installed (undervolted), 32GB DDR3 memory, Swiftech Water cooling system and Fractical Quiet Case. This also sits in my office a few feet from my desk. I...
  10. C

    How can I improve disk performance for my ESXi build?

    I've been playing around with ESXi for almost a month now. My first hurdle was getting my GPU to successfully passthrough and while a bit bumpy, I managed to get that fully working which was exciting. Then, when working through setting up my VMs I started to notice that I had pretty mediocre...
  11. C

    Proper way to performance test/baseline drives from a guest VM's perspective

    So I added a secondary drive to my esxi 6.5 host the other day and then created a new datastore for my existing Windows 10 VM (currently the C: resides on an SSD). I added the datastore as the D: drive (GPT formatted when asked by Windows in Diskmgr.msc) and then I started to install some apps...
  12. F

    ESXI 6(.5) - OSX with GPU Passthrough

    So I have been unable to get this to work at all. I'm using a vanilla unmodified macOS Sierra install on a Dell T3500 workstation. I've tried with both 6.0 and 6.5 with the same results. I can boot the machine just fine without the GPU passthrough and/or with passthrough and nv_disable=1 boot...
  13. S

    boot guest from passed through AHCI on ESXi 6.0 (can that work??)

    Hi, I want to try out an all-in-one build. Everything works: ESXi 6.0 boots from usb key A second small usb key is configured as datastore. However because I reserved the memory no swap file and other unwanted writes will take place on the datastore. It only has the vmx files. The vmdk's are...
  14. RandyC

    vSphere 6.5 released.

    VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 - VMware vSphere Blog
  15. Hjalti Atlason

    Vmware ESXI whitebox build

    Hey guys I was wondering , i´m planning on building a home lab server (Vmware ESXI ATX machine) using Asrock x99 Extreme motherboard. If i buy a used Intel Xeon E5 2670 V3 from ebay will everything work Ok when i connect from the vsphere client (since the Xeon E5 2670 v3 Processor doesnt have...
  16. realtomatoes

    how'd you improve zfs performance?

    i got freenas running on a 2 vcpu 8gb vm on esxi with passthrough to the intel sata ports (2x 6gbps and 4x3gbps). it currently has 4x1tb 7200rpm drives in raid10. it serves the shared datastore to my vmwre lab via iscsi. since i only got 2 extra sata ports to expand and improve the performance...
  17. Zack Hehmann

    Trying to determine ZFS design of vdevs

    Hello everyone!! I ended up purchasing (10) 2TB Hitachi drives from ebay when they were $30 each. Of the 10 2 had a bunch of bad blocks leaving me 8 that I can use. I'm wanting to build an all in one Napp-it server on ESXi 6. This is going to be for my home environment with 30 VMs max and about...
  18. M

    OmniOS/Napp-it standalone to AIO ESXi

    Hi, I know this has been covered briefly before though I cannot find the appropriate thread: I have a standalone OmnisOS server but am trying to reduce my power bill as I have an R610 (2012 R2 Datacenter), R710 (2012 R2 Datacenter), and SQ836 X8F (OmniOS 48TB across two vdev) I've just recently...
  19. L

    (quiet) ESXi server upgrade recommendations

    I currently have a HP G6 server with P410 RAID running my home vSphere setup. It hosts stuff like JIRA, Confluence, Zabbix and a few other bits and pieces I use for learning and running my day to day (non critical) business activities. Nothing requires 24/7 uptime, but obviously don't want it...
  20. N

    Hardware for virtual home lab

    Hello guys, I am new to VM and especially server hardware. I am planning to build a home lab server (ESXi) that is quiet and small because I am going to have this in my room. I am going to be using this for Cisco, Juniper, Palo Alto labs, and some Linux and Windows VMs to function as servers...