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My Perfect vSphere 6.0 Home Lab

Back in 2014, when I actually started making a decent paycheck, I decided it was time to build out a good, yet low powered lab at my house. Since running two Dell T610s was the opposite of economic for my home electric bill, I set my sights on the following, taking a note from Ryan Birk over at VirtualInsanity:

Now, we aren't going to be breaking any sound barriers with this kind of configuration nor setting new performance records, but it gets me by in a pinch, and doesn't hammer my ear drums all day with server-grade exhaust fans.

From there, it was just a matter of installing everything. Ryan has a great write up on how to get ESXi 6.0 to behave on this unsupported hardware, so I would highly recommend reviewing his article mentioned above.

At the time of writing most of these articles, here is all of the software used in my lab:

  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.0U1 (Build 3339084)

  • Platform Services Controller 6.0U1 (Build 3339084)

  • vCenter Update Manager 6.0U1 (Build 3005497)

  • ESXi 6.0U1 (Build 3247720)

  • vRealize Operation Manager 6.2.1a (Build )

  • vRealize Log Insight 3.0 (Build 3021606)

  • NSX for vSphere 6.2.1 (Build )

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