ESXi Venture – Part 1

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  1. tinkererguy says:

    Mike, so glad you wrote this up! Doing some research on the going to sleep issue (something I've never experienced with my system), and also researching viable/affordable ESXi native backup options for home lab use (VMDK files on VMFS filesystem), ideally, more than just trialware. Meanwhile, I keep just using Windows Home Server to backup my VMs, which also de-dupes for me, affordably. I realize that's not as elegant as something like the native backup shown in the videos here:

  2. tinkererguy says:

    I've begun to do a little poking around, and here's what I've learned thus far, but I likely won't be able to test or document much until late January/early February:

    $760 Trilead VM Explore r
    ? Veeam Backup & Replicatio n
    $399 Quest vRanger Standard Edition (SE )
    ? PHD Virtual PHD Virtual Backup & Replication v5. 3
    $0 ChrisInTexasWindows Services for UNIX & backup scripts

  3. AlexB says:

    Wow, I'm surprised you were able to get it running using off-the-shelf retail components. ESXi has a pretty narrow list of hardware that it supports, and my impression is that you usually need to get name-brand pro stuff like a dell poweredge server or HP Proliant, etc.

  4. hazzey says:

    I did a lot of research before I built my ESXi 5.0 whitebox. Here are a few things that I found:

    Make sure that the components are listed as working with ESXi. The most up-to-date site that I found was here:…. (It says 4.0, but it is pretty comprehensive. The forums have more info.)

    A good primer on backing up is at: It is created by the Veeam backup people. It does a good job covering VMware and Hyper-V.

  5. tinkererguy says:

    Interesting option for NFR of "Veam Backup and Replication" here:

    And here's my known-good, Z68+Core i7 combo parts list: