Lab(v3b) 11/2019 – 4 White Box + NUCi7
Lab(v3) 11/2017 – 2 White Box

CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950x (Zen) – 16 core @ 3.4 GHz
ESXi White01 RAM: 128 GB (16 * 8 sticks) – Adata AX4U2400316G16-SRZ XPG Z1 DDR4 2400MHz running @ 2133 MHz
ESXi Black01 RAM: 128GB (16 * 8 sticks) – G.Skill F4-2133C15Q-64GFX 64GB * 2 Kit DDR4 2133 MHz
ESXi White02 RAM: 128 GB (16 * 8 sticks) – G.Skill F4-2133C15Q-64GFXR 64GB * 2 Kit DDR4 2133MHz
ESXi Black02 RAM: 128GB (16 * 8 sticks) – G.Skill F4-2133C15D-32GFX 32Gb * 4 Kit DDR4 2133MHz
MB: ASRock X399 Professional Gaming (with BIOS 2.10 & AGESA 1.0.0.4)
Case: Corsair Carbide 400c White/Black
Power Supply: Cool Master V750 Full Modular 750W 80 Plus Gold
Video: Zotac Nvidia Geforce 710 1GB DDR3
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 92mm U-Type
NVMe Card Expansion: Asus Hyper 16 x M.2 (4 * NVMe M.2)

Storage:
SanDisk Ultra Fit Flash USB 3.0 32GB (as ESXi boot disk)

vSAN Disk Group #1
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 256 GB (as Cache disk)
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 1 TB (as Data disk)

vSAN Disk Group #2
Samsung 970 PRO M.2 NVMe 512 GB (as Cache disk)
Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe 1 TB (as Data disk)

Host Networking:
2 * 1 Gigabit On board LAN Adapters (Wake on Lan enabled)
2 * 10 Gigabit – Intel X540-T2 Dual port Adapter

Lab(v3) – Networking

TP-Link TL-SG1016DE Managed Easy Smart Switch – 16-Port 1 Gigabit Base-T
2 * TP-Link T1700X-16TS Managed Switch –
12-Port 10 Gigabit Base-T  + 4 Ports 10 Gigabit SFP+

Lab(v3) add-on 04/2018 – The Service Console

Intel NUC7i7DNKE – BLKNUC7I7DNK2E Kit

CPU: Intel i7 8650U (Kaby Lake R) – 4 Core @ 1.9 GHz – Turbo max @ 4.2 GHz
RAM:  32 GB (16GB * 2 sticks) – Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz BLS16G4S240FSD
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 512 GB
Host Networking: 1 Gigabit On board LAN Adapter
Virtualization Layer: vSphere 6.7U3
On top:

  • VCSA 6.7U3
  • NSX Manager 6.4.5
  • ESXi Witness Host for vSAN
  • CentOS 7 VM for NTP/DNS services
  • Windows Host as Jump VM (Wakemeonlan-x64)

 

SDDC Layer:

vSphere 6.7U3 & vSAN 6.7U3 & NSX 6.4.5

SDDC Lab Settings:
Fake SCSI Reservation on vSAN (for installing Nested ESXI on vSAN) – on each node

esxcli system settings advanced set -o /VSAN/FakeSCSIReservations -i 1
Enable Thin Swap on vSAN – on each node   No more needed
esxcli system settings advanced set -o /VSAN/SwapThickProvisionDisabled -i 1
Large Pages disabled on each node
Mem.AllocGuestLargePage = 0
Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) enabled on each node
Mem.ShareForceSalting = 0
vSAN Default Storage Policy = RAID5
vSAN Dedupe & Compression ON

 

NVL