This will be a series of posts in which I describe how I have put together my Home Lab ESXi server.
Hosted within the ESXi server, a virtual storage solution.
Hardware added to the server since the last post:
- ICY DOCK MB994SP-4S – This can hold 4 2.5in drives inside a 5.25in enclosure.
- 1x 120GB Corsair SSD drive – This will hold the ESXi OS as well has the NexentaStor VM
- Dell PERC H200 HBA – Reflashed to IT mode (explained here). The HBA is connected to the dock via a Mini-SAS SFF 8087 to 4x SATA cable.
- 4x 250GB Intel SSD drives – The storage drives, inserted into the dock.
As the motherboard supports Intel VT-d, the HBA can be passed through to the Nexenta VM, giving it direct hardware access to the SSD drives.
The setup of this will be covered when we get to setting up ESXi and the Nexenta VM.
Up next – Networking.