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, the 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