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ESXi 5 Virtual Host/Lab

This past weekend I took down the OSX Lion hackintosh PC and rebuilt it as an ESXi 5 host which I will be using as my new lab environment for studying for the MCITP:SA. I installed 4GB of additonal DDR2 1066 ram and also bought a new SSD, which I put into my current rig, and moved an older 60 GB Sata II SSD into the ESXi box.

The SSD is hosting the vSwap space for the ESXi host, which should allow me to over-provision the amount of RAM without effecting performance too much. It is also running OpenFiler, a free linux based NAS, which I have setup currently with a software Raid 0 array connected via iSCSI to the host. It was a fun experiment to setup, and not something you would normally ever see or do in a production environment, but it will allow me to get the most out of the hardware I currently have without having to buy new equipment.

The guides I used to get it setup are below.

How to Configure LUN Masking with Openfiler 2.99 and ESXi 4.1

RDM mapping of local SATA storage for ESXi

Specs: E8400 @ 4 Ghz, 8 GB DDR2 1066 RAM, 60 GB Agility 2 SSD, 2x80 GB Raid 0 iSCSI LUN for Datastore

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