Water-Cooled Xeon Mini-ITX Workstation

ASUS H81M-ITX Motherboard

Several weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to do a desktop refresh and update of my primary workstation. If you follow my blog, you will know that I work both as a Cloud Architect and Consultant, and as such, I work 100% from home. That said, I have a very nice setup already, with the primary "wow" factor that most people get when they walk in the office being that I have three 27" LED monitors on a triple monitor stand. It makes a pretty good impression, with the primary benefit being that it … [Read more...]

The Saga of the Lost Server

Saga of the Lost Server

So just a fun post today.  This is not my story, but has been one of those that I read many years ago, and has always been a favorite of mine.  The server gods are capricious at times, and I've been a victim of them myself.  A recent issue with a failed power supply reminded me of this, and I thought that I would share. Lo, and in those days businesses relied on their hosting companies to provide them with excellent customer service, persistent uptimes, and rapid response during downtime … [Read more...]

Home Server Blog Forums are Online!

Home Server Blog and ESXi Forums

Our ESXi forums and home server forum is now open for posting and community. Join us for discussions, questions, tutorials, and more on ESXi home labs, home servers, general IT, and more. The forum is a stand-alone installation, and does not require registration on the blog, but requires individual registration on the forums themselves. To register, visit the Home Server Blog Forum and create an account.  You can also reach the forum through the link on the top level menu. As the blog has … [Read more...]

ESXi 5.5 Free Hypervisor: Will Home Labs Survive?


ESXi 5.5 is finally here, and brings with it a lot of good, new features. Especially interesting, is that early tests seem to indicate that the USB passthrough issues that people were seeing on 5.1 have somewhat resolved themselves (although there are reports that USB 3.0 is working, but not USB 2.0). In addition, however, an interesting tangle for those of us with home labs relying on the free hypervisor has cropped up. VMWare is moving is to get rid of the traditional vSphere Client that we … [Read more...]

Building a Homemade SAN on the Cheap: 32TB for $1,500

Build a SAN Cheap

One of the things I've been working on getting for my lab is a dedicated SAN/iSCSI box, and I was looking to build a quality, performing box, on the cheap. Although those statements usually don't go together, you can build a quality SAN for a reasonable price. For those of you following my blog, you know that a couple of months back, I built a cheap vCenter/iSCSI server using a low-power FM1 dual core Llano, and Starwind's SAN/iSCSI software (the free version). It performed great with IOPS in … [Read more...]


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