Category Archives: Whitebox

Amazon.com Black Friday SSDs (50% off)

I wanted to let my readers know that Amazon has several nice SSDs for 50% off today (11.26.2013). I’m not entirely sure when the deal ends but you might want to stock up if you’re planning on adding any to that … Continue reading

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Shuttle SZ87R6 VMware ESXi 5.5 Home Lab

Ladies and Gentleman. It’s time to update the Perfect vSphere lab!  You can see my popular post about the SH67H3 here. While that lab still works great with ESXi 5.5 and some people will still build them because they are … Continue reading

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Fixing broken Realtek and Marvell NICs in ESXi 5.5.

So, you’ve heard about the newest bling on the market. All the cool kids have it. Basically the Reebok Pumps of the virtualization world. You want to upgrade to ESXi 5.5. You installed a fresh copy and the network card that used … Continue reading

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Need a cheap VMware ESXi dual port lab NIC?

I’ve been hearing good things about the “Syba Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Network PCI-express x1 Controller Card SY-PEX24028.” If you’ve got a spare PCI-express x1 slot and you’re looking for a cheap (less that $50) dual port NIC, give this … Continue reading

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Indy VMUG: My Demo Days Presentation

I am slated to present at 1:15pm tomorrow inside room 210 at the Indiana Convention Center regarding building vSphere home labs. I wanted to post my presentation prior in the event anybody wants to download it after the presentation. If … Continue reading

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VMware Community Whitebox HCL

There are several pages on the web with relevant hardware lists that work with ESXi but have not been updated in quite some time. This is an archive that I’m looking for community input on. I’d like to gather a … Continue reading

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