Introducing you my ESX whitebox

For debugging issues in my daily job, I need a box with a lot of memory.

And when I say a lot, I mean it.

One of the products I give support in my job needs at a minimum 8 GB to barely work.

Creating a VM with such massive amount of memory in a laptop kills the underlying OS, thus I had to figure out something.

A few months ago, I started to buy components in order to build an ESX whitebox server that could solve my problems.

I carefully selected components that were as silent as possible, as the server would be placed in my rack cabinet, which is next to me (I’ll probably blog about my rack cabinet in future posts) .

It took me several months to get all the server components needed, but I couldn’t be happier with the results ūüėÄ .

These are the specs:

CPU

2x Intel Xeon E5506 (http://ark.intel.com/products/37096/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5506-(4M-Cache-2_13-GHz-4_80-GTs-Intel-QPI)

Motherboard

Asus Z8NA-D6 (http://www.asus.com/Server_Workstation/Server_Motherboards/Z8NAD6/)

Memory

6x Kingston KVR1333D3D4R9S/8GHB (http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/KVR1333D3D4R9S_8GHB.pdf)

Harddisks

OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-vertex-3-sata-iii-2-5-ssd.html)

2x Seagate 3TB 7200RPM (http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/desktop-hard-drives/barracuda/?sku=ST3000DM001) , configured in RAID1.

RAID Controller

Asus PIKE 2108 (http://www.asus.com/Server_Workstation/Accessories/PIKE_2108/)

Fans

Noctua NF-S12B FLX (http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=25&lng=en)

2x Noctua NH-U9DX 1366  (http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=27&lng=en)

PSU

Antec HCP-1200 (http://www.antec.com/productPSU.php?id=2468&fid=343)

Case: Rackmatic CK32 (http://www.planetronic.es/rack-caja-atx-rack-f540-2×525-8×35-p-5990.html)