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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...

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...

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 5.5 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...
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