This components list is for the 2022 version of the Lab. I basically doubled everything on the server side, so I could have 2 servers instead of 1.
Component List for Servers
I pretty much followed this guide, except for a few small changes since some of the parts were discontinued or changed model number.
|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..
|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.
|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!
MBD-M11SDV-8C+-LN4F-O – Active CPU Fan
MBD-M11SDV-8C+-LN4F – CPU Heatsink
|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!
|Supermicro CSE-721TQ-350B 350W Mini-Tower Chassis
|256GB 4x64GB DDR4-2666 PC4-21300 2Rx4 RDIMM ECC Registered Memory by NEMIX RAM
|I bought 256gb of memory. This is enough for 128gb for each server. It should be plenty, and it leaves room for expansion later.
|128GB 2x64GB DDR4-2666 PC4-21300 2Rx4 RDIMM ECC Registered Memory by NEMIX RAM
|I actually expanded by adding an additional 64GB per supermicro. This is not required, but if you run everything I’m running, you’ll be hovering right around 100-110 GB of consumed memory per server. Too close for my comfort.
|Intel X550-T 10Gb Network Cards
|If you’re using multiple servers and a vSAN, I found out it is definitely worth it to link the two servers via a 10Gb link, and use that for vMotion and vSAN.
|– Ethernet cables
– SATA Cables
– Monitor/keyboard for configuring and installing esxi on the supermicro
– Surge protector or 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.