ESXi 6.7 USB install setup from Linux

Just upgraded some of my Lab hardware, now to install 6.7 on a newer Dell R630 without a CDROM we need to copy the installer to USB stick.    I prefer using Linux, and the default instructions at VMware fail to work on Ubuntu 18.04,  so here is the solution I found for Ubuntu 18.04 Install Syslinux 3.86 on your Ubuntu ( latest version of Syslinux  … Continue reading ESXi 6.7 USB install setup from Linux

2020 FreeNAS HBA setup

See main article  FreeNAS 2020 Build The process of setting up the hardware ran into a few snags. FreeNAS crash When inserting my first HDD into a front-panel slot on the SuperMicro box,  FreeNAS immediately started to crash on boot as shown. The key info is: GEOM_RAID: SiI-070610140534: Force array start due to timeout. FreeNAS forums document that drives previously used with Software RAID or … Continue reading 2020 FreeNAS HBA setup

2020 FreeNAS component upgrades

See Main article 2020 FreeNAS upgrade. To support FreeNAS,  the following upgrades were added to the base SuperMicro 2U chassis.   The approximate Ebay prices are shown. SuperMicro AOC-SLG3-2M2  M.2 adapter card ( $41 ) 2 x M.2 NVMe to U.2 (SFF-8639) cable ( $35 each ) Intel 400GB DC-PC3700  NVMe U.2 drive  ( $99 )  rated 10DWPD for Slog Intel 1.2 TB DC-P3600 NVMe U.2 … Continue reading 2020 FreeNAS component upgrades