I pretty much followed this guide, except for a few small changes since some of the parts were discontinued or changed model number.
|1||SAMSUNG 870 EVO Series 2.5″ 2TB SATA III V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-77E2T0B/AM||2TB SSD, in hind sight, I should have bought an 8TB. I’ll have to install a new one later..|
|1||Supermicro SSD-DM032-SMCMVN1 32GB SATA DOM||SATADOM installs right on the motherboard, and you will install the esxi image onto this drive. 32GB is plenty.|
|1||SUPERMICRO MBD-M11SDV-8C+-LN4F-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard||8 cores, and its pretty beefy, and you can overclock it. I have quite a bit running and i’m only around 60-70% utilization. And up to 512gb of memory should be plenty. Also this model comes with an active fan on the cpu!|
|2||Noctua NF-A6x25 PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (60mm, Brown)||Honestly these don’t fit great, it is a snug fit. I would probably have went with just 1, or maybe a single larger fan. But they sure are quiet!|
|1||Supermicro CSE-721TQ-350B 350W Mini-Tower Chassis||The tower|
|1||256GB 4x64GB DDR4-2666 PC4-21300 2Rx4 RDIMM ECC Registered Memory by NEMIX RAM||I bought 256gb of memory. Obviously you could get 4 sticks of 128 and just max it out, but my thought process is that if I actually exceed the 256, then it’s probably time to add a second server and get more cpu anyway.|
monitor/keyboard for configuring and installing esxi on the supermicro
surge protector/battery pack
|You’ll obviously need some extra components that you might already have laying around..|
Optional Component For Rack Enclosure
I built this a month or so ago so I’ll have to go back and get some pictures of the internal components, for now, follow the guide here: https://jorgedelacruz.uk/2020/10/05/supermicro-analysis-of-the-best-home-lab-server-2020-supermicro-m11sdv-8c-ln4f/
I don’t have exact steps for the build, but if you’ve built a computer before, its basically the same thing. Ram goes in the ram slots, sata cables to your ssd.. All pretty easy.