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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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

Server Rack vs Network Rack
A lot of us get confused about the terms Server rack and Network rack. We assume that these are the same thing. But, that is not entirely true. Matter of fact, these are two different things. If you are like most of us and don't know the differences between a server rack and a network rack, you are right where...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using SAN (Storage Area Network)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using SAN (Storage Area Network)
The term SAN stands for ‘Storage Area Network’. As the name suggests, it is a dedicated high-speed network particularly used for data storage. This network is built with servers, switches, fiber optic cables, and storage devices. In this system, the storage devices are not directly connected to the servers. Rather, storage devices are connected to the servers through switches. And,...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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