VMWare ESXi Whitebox

This is my esxi 5.1 white box build, I put this together in January to work through the VCP5 blueprint and it has served me very well. All components are100% compatible with ESXi 5.5.

I boot from a 4GB USB disk (Use this guide: http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/ESXi_USB_install.php)

There are 2x 120GB OCZ AGILITY 3 SATA III 2.5″ SSD’s for VM’s and 1x 250GB SATA disk for iso images



3 thoughts on “VMWare ESXi Whitebox

  1. Hi Joe!
    Nice to see you have your own blog now

    One kind question

    I see you talk vmware-language now 🙂

    Have you abandoned XenServer?

    I’m thinking about making ti work pacemaker + corosync on Citrix XenServer

    This to make them paired with active/passive XenServer + DRBD

    Do you have an opinion about this idea? Have you ever thought about this?

    Thank you for any reply


  2. I am not VMWare expert but build one box year ago with help of NCIX but it really does not work at all with 5.1. I always see purple screen with message about “NO CPU heart” beat.

    Here is my WHITEBOX specs and if you can suggest anything to fix this issue. I really don’t want to move to HYPER-V 🙂

    Intel Core i7 2600 Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB [BX80623I72600]
    Western Digital Velociraptor WD6000HLHX 600GB SATA3 10000RPM 32MB 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM [WD6000HLHX]
    ASUS P8P67 Evo REV3.0 P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard [P8P67 EVO REV 3.0]
    Seasonic X-560 ATX 12V 24PIN 560W Active PFC 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply W Sanyo Denki Fan [X-560 Gold]
    Corsair XMS3 CMP16GX3M4A1333C9 Dominator DHX+ 16GB DDR3 4X4GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Memory Kit[CMP16GX3M4A1333C9]
    Antec Sonata Proto Black ATX Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5INT *No Power Supply* 120MM Fan [SONATA PROTO]
    PC Assembly and Testing With 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty (PRE-CONFIG WIN. OS If Purchased) [PC-ASSEMBLY]
    Samsung BX2350 23IN Widescreen LCD LED Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 1000:1 250CD/M VGA HDMI [LS23B5HVFH/ZA]

    MSI GeForce GT 430 OC Fermi 700MHZ 1.8GHZ 1024MB DDR3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 PCI-E Low Profile *IR-$8* [N430GT-MD1GD3/OC/LP]1

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