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ASUS KGPE-D16 Power Supply: Silverstone SST-ST85F-P

Strider Series ST85F-P
We have used numerous kinds of motherboards in our builds until now. Some of them are very powerful and on the other hand, some are just average. If you need to use resource-hungry components on your build then you would need a motherboard which has the capacity to support that.But, after you have chosen the motherboard and the other...

Improving ESXi iSCSI/RAID/Disk Performance Through RAM Cache

Improving Through RAM Cache
Disk performance is one of the most important aspects of any home lab. But, in most cases, it gets overlooked which is unfortunate. If you want to get an impressive performance from your system, it is undeniable that you would need help from the storage drives.It does not matter if you have the fastest CPU or the best motherboard,...

Using Starwind iSCSI Target to Build vCenter Server

vCenter Server Build with a Starwind iSCSI Target
vCenter is one of the top server management applications out there. It is popular because of its ease of use and powerful features. There are many ways you can use a vCenter server. For instance, you can use it either as a VM or on a physical machine.Furthermore, you can use your vCenter server as an iSCSI node with...

Building a Cheap Homemade Storage Area Network (SAN)

Storage Area Network (SAN)
For a lot of people building a SAN on the cheap would be a dream come true. Building a SAN on your own is not that difficult. But the problem is that if you want to build one for cheap, it is not quite possible typically. Because the prices of the components related to SAN/iSCSI are very higher.And, if...

ESXi 5 Specs for Home Lab

ESXi 5 Home Lab Specs
Building a Home Lab or Home server on your own is not that easy. There are many limitations when it comes to building a home server. Among them, the most important one is the cost of the equipment. Then you also will face the difficulty to pick out the perfect configuration for your home lab. This is undoubtedly a...

Second Build: ESXi 5.0 AMD Whitebox Server with Passthrough (IOMMU)

ESXi Whitebox IOMMU
On one of our recent posts, we have talked about a white box server which can be built around $500 budget. The best thing about that server was that it was affordable and at the same time it was powerful enough as a home server. On that build, we have used the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard. It did a great...

ESXi 5.0 AMD Whitebox Server with Passthrough (IOMMU)

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
Are you going to build a new home server? If it’s the case, then there are numerous options for you out there. For example, you can get a ready-made home server or just a white box one will do. Again, if you are new to this, then you might not know what ‘White Box’ really means.Thus, in this article,...

Using Intel PRO/1000 MT PCI-X Dual Port Server Adapter in PCI Slot

Intel PRO-1000 MT PCI-X Dual Port Server Adapter
When it comes to creating ESXi home labs, you could face a lot of difficulties. However, one of the most common issues you will face is to get an adequate number of network cards. By adding more cards, you can separate the network traffics into proper virtual LANs.The problem is that normal consumer level hardware doesn’t come with 2...

DIY 19″ Server Rack for ESXi VMWare Lab and Home Servers

DIY 19″ Server Rack for Home Servers ESXi VMWare Lab
If you are a networking geek, then you must be in love with home servers. But first, for a home server, you would need a server rack with good sizes. There are a lot of options out there. However, most of the time, it is not a good idea to buy a ready-made server rack. There are a lot...
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