ESXi 6.7 BOM – HP ProDesk 400 G4 Desktop Mini PC

Inspired by the list https://github.com/lamw/homelab from https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/02/vmware-community-homelabs-project.html

Use case – ESXi white box that is silent and performs well under heavy workload.
No bottlenecks for cores or memory for the vrealize suite of products amid nsx-v, and vCD.
Local NVMe think provision storage for low latency vs an NFS/iSCI remote share over a 1GB connection.
2 USB NICS to tinker with LLDP and NSX-T.

Total USD
$315
$236
$315
$16
$31
=
$913

If purchased today (March 2020) and you sold the 8GB of RAM that came with the HP, the cost would be in the low $600’s

If you wanted 8 cores 9700T, the prodesk 600 G5 is in the 600s on ebay and has 2 NVMe slots and 1 SSD.

Photo under my TV
Left (black) is my HTPC.  Right the the ESXi Whitebox.
HP EliteDesk 800 G2 DM 35W
Intel i5-6500T CPU @ 2.50GHz – 4 cores / 32 GB RAM / Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
Splunk / Workstation for vSAN ESXi host and overflow ESXi hosts when needed.

Router
Asus RT-AC66U – Firmware FreshTomato – Runs NTP. Blocks the internet via a range of IP’s used for hosts and VM, but on the same subnet so I can access them from my pc.
https://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/fork-freshtomato-mips-development-discussion-only-for-support-always-open-your-own-thread.74145/

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