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  1. Mike Harness (@m_harness)
    Mike Harness (@m_harness) at |

    Nice build,I actually just built two of these with pretty much the same exact hardware last night! I went with micro 4Gb USB drives right on the handy on-board USB slot. I think I’m going to do two nested ESXi hosts per box and treat them as separate “datacenters”. Thanks for posting the NIC driver in one of your other posts!

  2. @dboftlp
    @dboftlp at |

    I’ve been running the SuperMicro X8SIL-F for a year now w/ a Xeon 3450 & just bumped it up to 32GB RDIMMs not UDIMMs thank god (& v5.0.1). After nesting 4 hosts for vCD along side the standard infra VMs, my original 16GB was pretty much tapped. I love the board & think my next addition will be a pair of GB NICs to isolate the traffic to/from my handy-dandy Synology DS1010+ (also totally wicked). Good luck with the new lab! I’m sure you’ll get more than you expected from it in the long run.

    1. benoit
      benoit at |

      So 32 GB RDIMMS is working with X8SIL-F ?????

  3. lsumarkb
    lsumarkb at |

    Wondering how this translates to a production vSphere + View 5 box? When i planned my View deployment, I was thinking I would use my older (3 years) servers for two branch offices but it seems i will have to put some cash into these and it seems like a bad investment for old servers. So basically what I presented to the board in terms of cash is now going to go up. :-(

  4. lsumarkb
    lsumarkb at |

    Only 5 desktops on each server build. The problem i am running into is the 16GB limit on ram because i have to run a file server, view server, panologic server (vdi clients) and then the 5 desktops with 1GB each (windows 7). By my calculations that is 14GB of ram. That is cutting it close! I would feel more comfortable with 24GB. My plan is to use local SSD for storage but the cost may prevent me from doing that. (for 1 TB it’s $3k)

    I appreciate the responses. As a one man IT shop and not a huge budget, its hard to test everything before buying.

    1. oakleeman
      oakleeman at |

      make sure you plan for the M$ desktop access licenses as well if you don’t have software assurance. Found out about that after purchasing our view licenses so still haven’t deployed. Also a one man shop for a non-profit and want to setup a small business offering using a supermicro platform and spla licensing and can’t due to the DAL requirement.

  5. aspensystems123
    aspensystems123 at |

    Thanks for the update!

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  7. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    Thanks for putting this together. You’ve saved me a bunch of work :) Did you have to do anything special to get Directpath I/O to work? Mine says it is unsupported.

    1. Paul T
      Paul T at |

      Jeff, did you ever resolve this? I am having the same problem. I believe I am running ESXi 5.0u1 this is the iso image that I used: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0.update01-623860.x86_64.iso

  8. Paul T
    Paul T at |

    OK, finally resolved this DirectIO problem, you need to make sure that VT-d is enabled in BIOS, mine wasn’t set. I am liking this build the more I have been playing with it. Haven’t run any performance tests yet. Just wanted to get it working. Anybody have any suggestions for a good low cost gigabit switch?

  9. Dirk Roessner
    Dirk Roessner at |

    I also like this build and it realy help me to select the right hardware to plan my whitebox.

    In case of the not directly supported second network on the X9SCM-F card I like to move to the new avaiable MB X9SCM-IIF which comes with the Intel® 82574L, 2x Gigabit LAN ports.

    Does someone have any experience with this new board?

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