Last Update [dd-mm-yyyy]: 29-02-2020.

At this moment my HomeLab still runs on this equipment. Because there are a lot of questions about choosing hardware, I have decided to publish what I use to help other people. Please feel free to respond in case you have any questions.

Note: As this server is rather old, I am currently in the process of building a new Home lab (to be continued).


Server 2 (Make/Model): HP ML110 G6
CPU: 1 x Intel Xeon X3430 @2,4 GHz (processor options: VT-d (Directed I/O))

(Make/Model)[2]: Kingston KTH-PL313E/8G (8GB PC3 – 10600)
Memory (Amount): 4 x 8 GB

Hard Disk (Make/Model): multiple SSD en HDD
No of Hard Disk: 4
RAID Level (if applicable): No
Disk Controller (Make/Model): On Board[1] Ibex Peak, 4 ports SATA plus 2 ports SATA

Network Card (Make/Model): On Board NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Server Adapter
Network Speed: 1 GB/s

Network Card (Make/Model): Intel EXPI9301CT = Intel 82574L
Network Speed: 1 GB/s

Hypervisor/Operating System: VMware ESXi 6.x
Number of VMs? (if applicable):


Network Switch (Make/Model): Cisco SG 300 Series Gigabit switch
20-port Gigabit Smart Switch (Managed)

Storage 1: Synology Diskstation DS 218, 4 TB
2 x 4 TB disk. Supports iSCSI, NFS and CIFS.

[1] BIOS setting is AHCI. HP Smart Array B110i SATA RAID is not on the HCL.

[2] Before:  Kingston KVR1333D3E9s/4G (4GB PC3 – 10600 CL9 ECC 240 – Pin DIMM) 4 x 4 GB

Two posts are related to my home lab. This post describes the installation of ESXi on a ML 110 G6 host. The second post is a deepdive into the ML 110 G6 BIOS related to ESXi

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