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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...

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...

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,...

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...

ESXi 5.5 Free Hypervisor: Will Home Labs Survive?

VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5
When the ESXi 5.5 update came, it brought a lot of new features. Additionally, this version also resolved a lot of issues which were present in the previous versions. For instance, there was a problem with the USB Passthrough feature on the older versions. Fortunately, the problem is partially solved with this update. It is being said that the USB...

What Size and Type of Server Rack do I Need? (Answered)

Size of Server Rack
Server rack size depends on the type of the server rack. There are a lot of types of server racks out there. However, we will talk about the most common ones here. For instance, there are 3 types of server racks that are used frequently which are Open Frame Rack, Wall-Mount Rack, and Rack Enclosure. Depending on the type, the...

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...

What is a server rack used for? (Answered)

What is a server rack used for
Curious about server racks? Do you know what is it? Or what is the use of a server rack? Don't worry at all, if you have no clue about it. Lucky for you, we are going to tell you the answers to these questions in this very post. So, if you are new to servers or server racks, you can...

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...

Server Rack vs Cabinet (Difference Between Server Rack and Cabinet)

Server Rack vs Cabinet
You might think that a server rack and server cabinet is the same thing. But, that's not the case at all. It is true that they fulfill the same purpose of accommodating server equipment in an organized manner. But, there are some fundamental differences between these two. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "reviewplan-20"; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = "top"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace...
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