To have a single server with enough power to run nested vSphere 8 and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid with NSX. But with vSphere 8 I wanted to make sure I had something on the HCL. Dell PowerEdge R740 will carry the homelab moving forward.


  • Dell PowerEdge R740
  • Dell PowerEdge R720
    • 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 6-Core
    • 128GB RAM - 16 x 8GB ECC PC3-12800 1333Mhz
    • Replaced PERC 310 RAID Controller with LSI SAS 2008 flashed to IT mode.
    • Replaced DVD with Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB, used as boot drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx9-BK0WsxU


VMware vSphere 8 Licenses provided by VMUG Advantage membership

Configuration of R720

  1. Install ESXi 8 to 500GB SSD on R720.
    • YES I received the warning regarding unsupported CPU. This has yet to keep me from using vSphere 8 on this server. I did have to get creative with storage since my LSI2008 or PERC 310 aren’t supported.
    • After installation I had 337.5GB for Datastore1 which I renamed to local_ssd500GB and have so far managed to squeeze 9 VMs onto it thanks to thin provisioning.
  2. Install pi-hole on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS VM
  3. Install vCenter
  4. Enable PCIPassthrough for SAS2008 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2 [Falcon]
  5. Install TrueNAS Core as a VM
    • Add SAS2008 HBA to VM as additional PCI device
    • Add drives to be used as iSCSI target
  6. Install vSphere 8 as VM
  7. Provision 4 new Ubuntu Server 22.04 VMs for Kubernetes

Configuration of R740 coming soon