Homelab 2014 Build

Notes & Photos of the Homelab 2014 build

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I’ve had a few questions about my Homelab 2014 upgrade hardware and settings. So here is a follow-up. This is just a photo collection of the various stages of the build.  Compared to my previous homelabs that where designed for a small footprint, this one isn’t, this homelab version has been build to be a [...]

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A new beginning… joining VMware

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After nearly 13 years at LANexpert, a Value Added Reseller and Integrator in the french speaking area of Switzerland, I’ll be starting a new chapter of my professional career. I’ll be joining VMware as a Solutions Architect on the 1st of October. Over the better part of the last decade, I have played my part in building [...]

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Upgrading LSI HBA 9300-8i via UEFI (Phase 06)

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Here is a resume on how to upgrade a LSI SAS3 HBA 9300-8i card to the latest BIOS & Firmware using the UEFI mode. This is applicable to my homelab Supermicro X9SRH-7TF or any other motherboard with UEFI Build-In EFI Shell. I’ve found that using the UEFI mode to be more practical than the old [...]

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Speed testing 40G Ethernet in the Homelab

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In my previous post, I described the building of two Linux virtual machines to benchmark the network. Here are the results.   The first blip, is running iperf to the maximum speed between the two Linux VMs at 1Gbps, on separate hosts using Intel I350-T2 adapters. The second spike (or vmnic0), is running iperf to [...]

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Creating a Linux Net benchmark VM

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In this post, I will quickly explain, how I created my Virtual Machine under Linux, that I have and will use to benchmark some aspects of my new 2014 Homelab. First I download from the CentOS website, the latest version of the CentOS 6.5 64bit Net Install .ISO. This will allow me to install the [...]

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Upgrading Mellanox ConnectX firmware within ESXi

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Last summer, while reading the ServeTheHome.com website, I saw a great link to Ebay for Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI cards (MCX354A-FCBT). These cards where selling at $299 on ebay. I took three of the awesome cards. These Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI adapters where simply too good to be true… Dual FDR 56Gb/s or 40/56GbE using PCIe Generation [...]

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Upgrading the X9SRH-7TF LSI HBA 2308 and LSI HBA 9207-8i

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Here is a resume on how to upgrade the LSI HBA 2308 Chipset on the Supermicro X9SRH-7TF and a LSI SAS2 HBA 9207-8i card to the latest BIOS & Firmware using the UEFI mode. This is applicable to my homelab Supermicro X9SRH-7TF or any other motherboard with UEFI Build-In EFI Shell. I’ve found that using the [...]

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Homelab 2014 upgrade

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I’ve been looking for a while for a new more powerful homelab (for home), that scales and passes the limits I currently have. I had a great success last year with the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard for the Home NAS (Running NexentaStor 3.1.5), so I know I loved the Supermicro X9 Single LGA2011 series. Because of [...]

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The homelab shift…

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I believe that we are at a point of time where we will see a shift in the vSphere homelab designs. One homelab design, which I see as becoming more and more popular is the Nested Homelab using either a VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion base. There are already a lot of great blogs on [...]

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VSAN Lab issues due to Infiniband OpenSM failover

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This isn’t really a blog where you will get a recipe on how to implement VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) or InfiniBand technologies, but more a small account of my troubles I experienced yesterday with my infrastructure. I did publish a picture yesterday on twitter, that didn’t look to go. Cause: Network infrastructure transporting the VSAN [...]