I know many of you out there want to practice on many VMware products specially vSphere & would like to build your own lab but without breaking the bank.
I have been able to build my own Home Lab for less than $600 buying the parts in Kuwait, which probably end up even cheaper on your side. Further, I thought I will share my VMware ESX White Box Configuration for others who want to build their own ESX white box, but they don’t want to risk it will not work. This configuration has been tested and it work perfectly with both VMware vSphere ESX 4.0/ESX 4.1/ and even ESX 4.1 U1.
Cut it short below is my Lab ESX white Box configuration:
– ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO MotherBoard
– AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 925 Processor (Four Core at 2.8 GHz)
– 16 GB DDR3
– 2 X 7200 RPM 500GB HDD
– 2 X Intel PRO 1000 GT NICs.
Believe it or not getting a compatible NIC cards is what took me the most. You should mostly look for Intel/Broadcom cards unless if you are ready to compile the driver for your NIC cards which is not that difficult for many cards out there, but I wanted to have a fully supported configuration in my lab. In fact I bought my cards while I was in London to attend my vSphere Design Course.
Enjoy your new cheap ESX white Box, maybe you want to have a second one as well or you can have nested ESXs. Further, if you have another cheap VMware ESX White Box Configuration please share it in the comment area below for others to benefit.
Hmmm, another great place to check for parts that work with ESX for building your ESX white box would be http://ultimatewhitebox.com/.