If you are willing to see a so great whitebox like Phil Jaenke’s (@RootWyrm) BabyDragon I’m sorry to say that you’ll be terribly disappointed because unlike Phil’s beauty mine wasn’t built on purpose.
I’ve been running all my labs within VMware Workstation on my custom made workstation, whihc by the way was running Windows 7 (64-bit). But recently I decided that it was time to move to a more reliable solution so I converted my Windows 7 system in an ESXi server.
Surprisingly when I installed ESXi 4.1 Update 1 everything was properly recognized so I thought it could be of help to post the hardware configuration for other vGeeks out there that could be looking for working hardware components for their homelabs.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550. Supports FT!
- Memory: 8GB
- Motherboard: Asrock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB
- Nic: Embedded nVidia NForce Network Controller. Supported under the forcedeth driver
~ # ethtool -i vmnic0
- SATA controller: nVidia MCP51 SATA Controller.
~ # vmkload_mod -s sata_nv
vmkload_mod module information
input file: /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/sata_nv.o
Version: Version 126.96.36.199-1vmw, Build: 348481, Interface: ddi_9_1 Built on: Jan 12 2011
Maximum attainable heap size for the driver.
Initial heap size allocated for the driver.
- HDD1: 1 x 120GB SATA 7200RPM Seagate ST3120026AS.
- HDD2: 1 x 1TB SATA 7200RPM Seagate ST31000528AS.
Finally here it is a screenshot of the vSphere Client connected to the vCenter VM and showing the summary of the host.
The other components of my homelab are a QNAP TS-219P NAS and an HP ProCurve 1810G-8 switch. I also have plans to add two more NICs and a SSD to the server as soon as possible and of course to build a new whitebox.