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June 2013…

Might try and document some of the projects I’m working on, in the hope that it helps the next traveler who’s on the same path.

So my first post is “World’s Smallest VMware ESXi Server“, since I know how very many hours it takes to build a custom system and feel confident all the parts actually work.  Together.  All the time.

This system is working without problem – so far, anyway.  But it’s been a few weeks since boot-up, with approx 30 hours active usage, so I’m starting to feel pretty confident.

[Update:  That post was very popular.  Ranked #2 for the month of July, and rose briefly into the top-10 most popular posts all-time on]

October 2016

That little puppy is still running rock-solid.  I’ve got 200 VMs on the disk, and usually run 32 of them at a time now.  (80% Linux / 20% Windows).  Great investment!

But this year I added an Intel NUC “Skull Canyon” as a second ESXi server.  It’s awesome.

Pros:  Incredibly, it’s only 1/3 the size of my previous, already teeny, server.  And this new one has 32GB of RAM (vs. 16 max in previous).

Cons:  Has Intel i7 instead of Xeon.  And 2nd NIC is through USB port.  (Though not a problem, since I’ve settled on using the 2nd NIC solely for the management network.)

Reliability:  So far, no problems.  Been running on-and-off for a few weeks – including airplane travel.  I haven’t gone past 30 active VMs yet, but I need to take it up to 50 or more.  Based on current results my confidence is very high.

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