Category Archives: Whitebox

What is a VMware VIB file?

For today’s post, I want to cover one of the fundamental aspects of VMware: the VIB file. When working with VMware over the years, I’ve run into multiple occasions that have required the use of VIB files. I’ve talked with … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The Shuttle XH61V Ultra Mini vSphere Lab

As many of you know, I’ve been running my standard homelab on the Shuttle SH67H3 platform for awhile now. I love the flexibility it gives me with up to 32GB of RAM. Although, I know there have been many of … Continue reading

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