What are you planning on using the home server for? If it's just training or it's not processor intensive, you can't beat HP microservers for value.
£199+VAT with £100 Cashback so about £140 plus the cost of 8GB RAM
It's only got a slow dual core CPU though. I've got one and it's good for 5-6 VM's that are not heavily used.
Sorry, should have been more specific. The ESXi server is not to practise ESXi particularly but Exchange 2010. A couple of other servers and a workstation will exist too. I already have an HP Microserver as a backup box, but there is no way it could cope with the load that I have in mind. Thanks.
The biggest factor in whitebox systems is trying to make sure as many components as possible (i.e. chipset, NICs) are on VMware's HCL. If they're not on the HCL, you might run into wierd, one-off issues, and support options will be bleak.
Otherwise the system should be fine.
Did you already built your whitebox with these components? Is it fully functional with ESXi 5?
I want to build also a system like this and need some informations about hardware thats well operating with ESXi.
Thanks a lot!
I have a whitebox based on a gigabyte GA880 that I have been using successfully though esxi 4.1 but now am experiencing an issue with my intel desktop nics dropping during connection to both iscsi and nfs sans while installing windows server from an iso residing on same datastore. Not sure if this is a bug with the early release of esxi5 and if I should persist with my current build. NICS are recognized will drop and create an event. My SAN is based on nexentastor running on an supermicro atom motherboard. This is a home lab so not much at stake except being side tracked while studying for my vcp update.