Apr 09

I have made a couple of updates to my lab server at home. First I changed to a little newer board adding features such as faster on-board video with dedicated SidePort memory allowing me to take out the dedicated card which is putting off a lot of heat. The board I chose was the ECS A890GXM-A2 which was a solid board in bench testing and also brings USB3.0 and SATA III to my server. Second I upgraded the HighPoint RAID card to a RocketRaid 2310 card with an X4 PCIe interface for faster data transfer speeds. Last I added a Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 PCIe network card bringing my NICs to a total of 4 for additional VM’s

This was done to get me up to date and allow me to run a total of three Virtual Machine hosts for my labs and testing.

Let me know what you think about the new setup.

Specs:

written by Alan J. Matson


2 Responses to “My lab server gets a much needed refresh.”

  1. 1. David Says:

    Dear Alen,

    Nice info, I’m playin g with the thought for a VM with the Killer 2100 for it’s on board Firewall. Was that your idea to?

    I am curiouse about your experience with the killer 2100 and VM ESXi
    What did it take to get the card recognised?
    Any special actiosn with drivers?

    Best regards, David

  2. 2. David Says:

    Dear Alan, (sorry for misspelling your name in previouse post)

    Nice info, I’m playin g with the thought for a VM with the Killer 2100 for it’s on board Firewall. Was that your idea to?

    I am curiouse about your experience with the killer 2100 and VM ESXi
    What did it take to get the card recognised?
    Any special actiosn with drivers?

    Best regards, David

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