In the past year, I’ve been doing a lot of testing on running VMware ESX 3.5 on non-supported hardware (hardware that is not included on the VMware HCL). I’ve now got my home lab to an acceptable stage where I can do testing and studying. I’ve spent many hours on forums and blogs trying to find components that are cheap, quiet, fast-enough and most importantly, components that work with ESX 3.5!
Now that I’ve been through the trouble of finding out what works and what doesn’t, I thought it may be a good idea to blog on it and give others that would like to run ESX on cheap hardware a heads up before they go and waste money on stuff that does not work!
Although, I have blogged on this topic a couple of times before in brief, but I think it’s time for a proper post that describes the trails’ and tribulations of building a cheap ESX environment in more detail, with all the do's and don't's!
I've started writing the article as a blog, but I now realise that because of the amount detail I'm putting into it, it's going to cover a lot of pages. I therefore decided to blog some of it on the site, as well as provide a full ebook in PDF format which will contain all the information you'll ever need on running ESX on low cost hardware.
I'm hoping to have the eBook ready for download by early next week.
Thanks for reading!