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Interesting. What brought on this switch? I remember you being such a big Windows guy.

Windows stuff worked fine, but at work I found myself moving more and more toward Linux, so my home environment also moved in that direction. Honestly, that's the only reason.

Hyper-V is a great tool, no doubt about it. Another important factor is I no longer have access to Windows licenses, and I don't feel like dealing with cracks or eval version.
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Windows stuff worked fine, but at work I found myself moving more and more toward Linux, so my home environment also moved in that direction. Honestly, that's the only reason.

Hyper-V is a great tool, no doubt about it. Another important factor is I no longer have access to Windows licenses, and I don't feel like dealing with cracks or eval version.

Ahhh I see. That makes a lot of sense.

As for me, one of the biggest reasons I haven't made the move to Hyper-V at home is that I use VMware at work and like you I don't have access to Windows Server licensing. I have one Server 2012 R2 license for my home network and that's all. And as silly as it may sound, I really like being able to run my hypervisor off of a USB instead of needed an SSD to do a full Windows install for run Hyper-V. Although that will change with my new server since the SM X10SDV-TLN4F board doesn't have an onboard USB port. I'll have to make the move to an mSATA drive.
post #13 of 44
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Ahhh I see. That makes a lot of sense.

As for me, one of the biggest reasons I haven't made the move to Hyper-V at home is that I use VMware at work and like you I don't have access to Windows Server licensing. I have one Server 2012 R2 license for my home network and that's all. And as silly as it may sound, I really like being able to run my hypervisor off of a USB instead of needed an SSD to do a full Windows install for run Hyper-V. Although that will change with my new server since the SM X10SDV-TLN4F board doesn't have an onboard USB port. I'll have to make the move to an mSATA drive.

Yeah, I've always ran my server OS on SSD's. I've collected a plethora of small SSD's that are just sitting around anymore (like 5 60GB and 4 128GB not being used). However, may I suggest switching to SATA DOM instead of mSATA. Supermicro is a big fan of SATA DOM, and that specific board has the yellow SATA port just for that (it's a "powered" SATA port). SATA DOM's are relatively inexpensive, and that would free up the mSATA port for a 500GB SSD for VM storage!
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Ahhh I see. That makes a lot of sense.

As for me, one of the biggest reasons I haven't made the move to Hyper-V at home is that I use VMware at work and like you I don't have access to Windows Server licensing. I have one Server 2012 R2 license for my home network and that's all. And as silly as it may sound, I really like being able to run my hypervisor off of a USB instead of needed an SSD to do a full Windows install for run Hyper-V. Although that will change with my new server since the SM X10SDV-TLN4F board doesn't have an onboard USB port. I'll have to make the move to an mSATA drive.

Yeah, I've always ran my server OS on SSD's. I've collected a plethora of small SSD's that are just sitting around anymore (like 5 60GB and 4 128GB not being used). However, may I suggest switching to SATA DOM instead of mSATA. Supermicro is a big fan of SATA DOM, and that specific board has the yellow SATA port just for that (it's a "powered" SATA port). SATA DOM's are relatively inexpensive, and that would free up the mSATA port for a 500GB SSD for VM storage!

That's an idea. However my original plan was to use two 500GB SSDs in RAID1 for my local VM datastore. I backup my VMs every night but I like the redundancy for uptime.
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That's an idea. However my original plan was to use two 500GB SSDs in RAID1 for my local VM datastore. I backup my VMs every night but I like the redundancy for uptime.

Nothing wrong with that!
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Nothing wrong with that!

Right but I still need to put my hypervisor somewhere. So I'd have to put it on the mSATA slot in that case otherwise I wouldn't have enough SATA ports to populate all my HDD bays. Just seems like a waste to use an mSATA drive for the hypervisor unless it was Hyper-V.
post #17 of 44
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Here's the build so far. Just need to pick out a M.2 SSD. Will post pics once everything is here.

CPU: Intel Xeon D-1540 2.0Ghz 8-core SoC
Motherboard: SuperMicro X10SDV-TLN4F
Chassis: SuperMicro Mini-tower CSE-721TQ-250B
SSDs: Intel 730 480GB SSD (x2) + M.2 SSD (undecided on this)
HDDs: 4 x 8TB Seagate Archive (shingled) drives
RAM: 64GB (32GB x 2) Samsung DDR4-2133 RDIMMs
Add-in Cards: IBM ServeRAIDM1015
Power Supply: Built in 250w PSU
Other Bits: 1-2 USB boot drives for ESXi/unRAID
post #18 of 44
I was looking at this for a exsi host pfsense/freenas/random VM. Is there room for HBA?
post #19 of 44
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I was looking at this for a exsi host pfsense/freenas/random VM. Is there room for HBA?

Yup. If you look at my post just above yours you'll see I'm using an IBM ServeRAID M1015. There is only one PCIe expansion slot on the board so unfortunately I won't have any room for expansion cards beyond the HBA in the future. However I can't really see what I'd need adding any other cards for since this case won't be able to fit any more drives than what I've got now.
post #20 of 44
I wanted to use my 6 3tb raidz2 but it looks like I'll have to pony up for some 6+TB drives.
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