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Jan 14 2009   2:14PM GMT

Building an ESXi computer for home

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, sorry I haven’t posted as of late, I’ve been busy playing catch up after the Christmas holidays. Anyways now that things are more or less back on track I’ve decided to build a test ESXi white box for my computer lab at home.

Over the next little while i’m going to look into different components that may work and I will post my final build when I am done. As you may or may not know, VMware ESXi is built to run on Enterprise platforms so the HCL isn’t really comprehensive when it comes to listing home based computer components.

However there are a few resources out on the net that you can use to help you build that white box for home. Just remember that if you want to use a storage controller with RAID capabilities, make sure you use a controller that uses hardware RAID and not software RAID.

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  • ComputerConsultingKit
    Software RAID has historically always lagged hardware RAID in performance. I wonder if that'll ever change?!? Thanks for the post
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  • Connollyg
    CCK, All RAID is implemented in Software! its just that if you want it to perform and not consume your host CPU cycles then that software sits in an external controller, maybe in a PCI slot or in an external box. The software in these external controllers is normally described as firmware.
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