1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. RandyC

    vSphere 6.5 released.

    VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6.5 - VMware vSphere Blog
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. marcoi

    Help -setting up 2nd dhcp for vms using pfsense

    I'm currently using sophos UTM home edition for my home network. Being free it has limited 50 IP address. So I'm setting up my home dev esxi box which will have various vms running for work related tasks. I setup pfsense on esxi with two nics. One goes to home network, other is internal switch...
  11. J

    Lsi 9211-8i IR to IT in Esxi

    Hey! I have managed to flash it in esxi via sas2flash to the newest firmware when I tried using the raid functionality. Now I try to flash it with IT firmware so it is ready for use with freenas when I got my 2 new esxi nodes built. Has anyone been able to do sas2flash -o -e 6 in esxcli...
  12. M

    Need to control Bara-metal ESXi from Wi-Fi

    Hello, I am planning to create a home lab on my PC. My plan is to install a bara-metal Virtualization OS(e.g. ESXI or XenServer) on my PC and try to control them from my laptop via Wi-Fi. The Problem that I do not want to use any physical switches, I want to create a hotspot from the PC to...
  13. RandyC

    Intel NUC NUC5i5RYH, 16GB RAM, and SanDisk Z400s 256GB SSD. - $377

    If anyone is looking for a NUC this is a really good deal. Use promo code EMCKKNR49 for the extra savings. I am not sure if I should jump on this or wait it out for the new Skylake NUCs. This would make a great low...