Category Archives: Home Lab

ESXi 6.5 Home Lab / Whitebox Options

I’ve had several people ask if it’s possible to put together a low cost option to build up a VMware ESXi 6.5 white box. I’ve been a long time promoter of the Intel NUCs and the small form factor Shuttle … Continue reading

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Adding internal USB to an ESXi (or any) machine.

Just a quick post today. A few people have asked me if it was possible to add an internal USB port to a home lab server. This $5 item was made for homelabbers! A large portion of the servers being … Continue reading

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Building a VMware home lab with AutoLab.

Rick Crisci from and fellow VCI, has documented the process of running a home lab in AutoLab in VMware Workstation. There are a couple benefits and downsides of running a VMware home lab in AutoLab. Lets cover those. Benefits: … Continue reading

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Yet another, Perfect vSphere 6 Home Lab

The time has come once again to update my home lab. I’m currently running Shuttle DS81 units and a Synology DS1515+. I plan to keep the NAS unit and upgrade my hosts. I have decided to move back to Intel … Continue reading

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The Perfect vSphere 6 Home Lab

12.7.2016: Note: In addition to these Shuttle units, I’ve updated some other vSphere 6.5 lab configurations here. It has been awhile since we’ve visited my “Perfect vSphere Lab” setups. If you’re not aware of my older perfect setups you can … Continue reading

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Intel NUC: Perfect vSphere 5.5 Home Lab

In the last few years Intel has been releasing these new NUC boxes. They’re very small, lightweight and can best of all run ESXi 5.5 with little modification!  The goal of this post is to put together an updated “Perfect … Continue reading

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