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Marc Huppert

The Beginning:


After two very frustrating experiences with our shared solutioncenter environment inside our company, I decided to build my own VMware lab...


But, where should I start? Buy a supported server, that is on the official HCL? Build my own machine?


I decided to build my own special ESXi server hardware:


A custom made host, just for my requirements.


I bought an Intel Mini-ITX Mainboard, an Intel Core i3 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a buch of hard disks.


The only supported Piece inside this first ESXi host, was the IBM Serveraid Raid Controller, because VMware vSphere cannot handle Software (Fake) Raids.



I connected my new VMware Box to my existing HP Procurve 8 port Gigabit Network Switch and the "beast" was up and running. What a great moment.....


One of my first virtual machines was a Microsoft Home Server, which was a file-server and a backup server.


The SSD was for vmkernel swap files (vswp). I placed them manually on the SSD.


After a few month with this setup, including a virtual vCenter Server instance, patching of the environemnt becomes a challenge...


I decided to upgrade my homelab to stage II "The Evolution"