Inspired by Chad Sakac’s post about his whitebox update I decided to see what the prices for two new whiteboxes would be like in Europe. After some investigation I ordered the following setup (twice ;-)):
Be Aware that in my list no Graphic card is included which is a must with the XEON processor (when you want to use the onboard GPU, you’ll have to get a i7 930 or something equivalent). I had two spare ATI 4550 cards, so i’ll use them.
Total cost: € 571,30 (without shipping cost)
I sold my two old whiteboxes (Q6700, 8GB and 320 GB HDD) for € 250,- each so my total cost for a new vSphere lab:
My employer provided me the TrainSignal vSphere troubleshooting dvd’s which IMHO are excellent. David Davis uses his massive VMware knowledge and provided a excellent DVD series on the troubleshooting course for VMware vSphere. You can order your copy here
So after watching the first few topics of the course I started setting up my home lab and recorded the steps I executed. So here is a video of installing the vMA aplliance on vSphere 4.1, which can be downloaded here: