Whitebox ESXi Host

I’ve been considering¬†¬†building an ESXi host for home to move my VMs off of Vmware workstation on my Windows 7 Desktop. I wanted something powerful but in a small form factor and uses a relatively low amount of electricity. Well… I think I’m almost there.

I’ll update this as I can with performance but so far I’m happy with the results. Right now I have 4 VMs running including PRTG, OpenVPN, and Zoneminder. So far I am pleased.

I have ESXi 5.5 running off of a flash drive.

Physical Components:
(from Amazon)
Shuttle – SH87R6¬†(You’ll have to inject the NIC driver for the Realtek hardware into the 5.5 image to use the onboard NIC. So far it seems to work great.)
Intel Core i7-4790S Processor (8M Cache, 3.2 GHz)
4x Seagate 500GB Laptop SATA 7200RPM 32MB Cache 2.5-Inch HDD (configured in RAID 10)
2x PNY XLR8 DDR3 16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz (PC3-12800)(Four DIMMS total for 32GB)
LSI MegaRAID 256MB SAS RAID Controller MR SAS 8888ELP w/ LSIIBBU05(from eBay, pulled from some HP)



Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 5.47.19 PMHardware monitoring looks good
Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.13.23 PM

When backing up my VMs I had an interesting network graph that sort of looks like Michigan


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