My ESXi Whitebox build

Building your own ESXi server for the home can be a bit of a difficult journey. Many options are available, whether you purchase a “consumer” PC or go all out and purchase a server is a good starting point.

I decided because of power consumption, price and noise to go with a white box PC  solution.

The Intel Q77 chipset is fantastic for VMware since it supports vt/d and contains the Intel AMT feature. This is the very similar to the HP i/lo, Dell DRAC or IBM IMM, ┬áthe IP KVM is there and it’s great. Since vt/d is supported VMware Direct Path I/O works on this board.

  • 1 x Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor LGA1155
  • 1x Corsair 450 Watt PSU
  • 2x 1TB Western Digital Green HDD
  • 1 x Intel BOXDQ77MK Motherboard
  • 4 x 8GB 1600MHz DDR3



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