A colleague of mine sent this link today. Keep up the good work guys! As soon as I have an extra $8k laying around, I’m in!!
vSphere 5 is almost GA and View 5 Beta is already in the hands of approved clients. XenServer 6 beta is out. It’s time for me to update the home lab. Obligatory link to ESX Whitebox HCL!
My ASUS motherboards have onboard Realtek 8111E Gigabit adapters which ESX 4.1 U1 does not support. HOWEVER, much to my surprise ESX5 DOES see my Realtek adapters!!! This makes it kinda depressing when going back to 4.1 U1.
I have the typical 3 box scenario. 2 x ESX hosts and 1 x NAS.
I boot from 2GB USB flash drives since like most people I have several laying around from every vendor and partner imaginable. I’m able to swap from ESX5 to 4.1U1, and back, very quickly.
I’ve repurposed as much existing hardware components as possible. An HP xw4300 workstation as my NAS. I’m using NFS for the VM’s and ISO’s. Also I had as my primary workstation a very swift AMD Athlon 7750 x2 with 8GB of DDR2-667 RAM which holds it own against the new AMD PhenomII x6 system.
ESX01 Host (AMD 6 core, 16GB RAM, 3 x GigE NIC’s, 1 x 80GB SATAII)
- ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard (had to disable C1E Support under Advanced > CPU Configuration with the 1702 BIOS to get past “loading module usb” with ESXi 4.1 U1)
- AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 3.0GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
- 2 x Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
- Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply
- 2 x Intel PWLA8391GT Desktop Adapter PRO/1000 GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps
- Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z
ESX02 Host (Repurposed AMD 2 core, 8GB RAM, 3 x GigE NIC’s, 1 x 500GB SATAII)
- ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Discontinued from Newegg)
- AMD Athlon™ X2 7750 Black Edition 2700 MHz
- 2 x Intel PWLA8391GT Desktop Adapter PRO/1000 GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbp
NAS Host (Repurposed HP xw4300, 4GB RAM, 2 x GigE NIC’s, 2 x 500GB SATAII Software RAID1, 1 x 64GB SATAIII SSD)
- HP xw4300 Workstation
- 1 x Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5″ 64GB SATA III MLC (Yes I do have this dangling freely inside the case, so sue me…)
- 2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive (Discontinued from Newegg)
- 1 x Intel PWLA8391GT Desktop Adapter PRO/1000 GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps
Switch (8port, Gigabit, VLAN capable)
How did I connect all this equipment together? Did it actually work? Is it even functional? All these answers and more when I get time to post Home Lab Configuration and Testing. Hint: With much cursing, yes, and yes.
I don’t put a lot of stock in certifications but the people who enable me to pay my mortgage certainly do. That’s why I’m happy to announce my first (of many) Citrix certifications.
Took the class CXD-202-1 http://www.citrixtraining.com/courses/course_view.cfm/course_id:349/cgroup_id:
Studied the A19 prep guide from Citrix http://www.citrixtraining.com/uploadfiles/1/courses/A19%20Preparation%20Guide2.pdf
Read this guys blog http://citrixxperience.com/2011/05/10/1y0-a19-citrix-xendesktop-5-study-guide/
Then I passed the 1Y0-A19 exam. 52 questions 75 minutes. I zipped through it in 30mins no problem.
Now it’s SUPER helpful that I’ve done almost a dozen XenDesktop 5 POC’s as well as 2 production environments with 800+ users. I can say with that much hands on experience I was second guessing several of the question/answer scenarios.
Next up is my CCA for XenServer 5…