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Virtualization Home Lab: Setting up VMware ESXi on the Gigabyte Brix

2013-09-23 00:27: Added information about ESXi 5.5 not including RTL8111E support
2013-09-23 22:23: Added a link to installing ESXi 5.5 with RTL8111E support
In my last post, I covered my journey of finding a small, quiet, low-power virtualisation lab computer that can run nested virtualisation.
The final system
To summarise, here’s the system I ended up with, after much consideration:

Gigabyte … Read more »

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Virtualization Home Lab: Choosing a suitable computer (quiet, low power with nested virtualization support)

Recently, after about 2 years away, I’ve started to get back into Virtualisation. As part of that, like any true geek, I wanted to build a Home Lab.
I had some criteria for the homelab computer:

Must be quiet
Should be power-efficient/low power. Energy in the UK is expensive!
CPU must support Intel VT-x with EPT, and VT-d virtualisation … Read more »

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How to boot the Gigabyte Brix with Wake-On-LAN

I’ve been playing with getting the Gigabyte Brix to Wake-On-LAN.
Most Windows-based tools didn’t work out of the box for me; but after some experimentation with the Depicus Wake on LAN cmd tool, I worked out the information required to wake it up generally.
wolcmd <mac of target> <ip of target> <network subnet mask> <port 8900 or … Read more »