My lab server gets a much needed refresh.

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:

2 Comments

  • 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

  • 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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