Perfect vSphere 5 Whitebox Project

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UPDATE #1:

Few additions/changes to the list above and actual work being done on this project:

1] 5.25″ drive bay cooling is now provided by Evercool Armour ATX HDD Cool Box HD-AR:

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If you have/had V350 case you know that 5.25″ devices can be mounted on either side but not on both (unless they’re very short) I have my ODD and bracket holding 2 x SSDs and 1 x 3.5″ HDD on one side but there is virtually no air circulation hence the ‘cool box’ idea above. I’d to modify it slightly to fit though (was too long and sticking out a bit) – thanks to cheap and cheerful hacksaw that was at hand it was a few minute job! I will grab a picture when the light is better so you guys can see.

2] Stock fan in ‘cool box’ was replaced by Noctua NF-R8-1800 which should keep the noise down.

3] Andy from WCuk was generous enough to laser custom backplate to incorporate moving PSU to the right and adding 120mm exhaust fan on the left. V350 has, again, virtually no exhaust fans which is a pain. Here is what I’m on about! Rear, stock, view of V350:

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Custom bracket fitted and the whole thing riveted together (bracket is part of removable motherboard tray):

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and the complete rear view:

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Much nicer, isn’t it? I was never going to use the 2 x 3.5″ drive bays so it was very natural thing to do.

4] Storage for installing ESXi is now provided by Patriot Extreme Performance Xporter XT Rage 8GB – motherboard above has internal USB port so we are all good.

5] As far as the case rear modifications are concerned it was a question of drilling out rivets and hack sawing the back to free up space for the new backplate:

Stock:

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Modded:

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Not the best of cuts, I must admit, but £5 hacksaw from B&Q can only take you so far…

6] Applying noise dampening kit was next… (on pair with braiding wires in my book, not a fan of either to be honest!) Case partially done, I’m still working on 5.25″ drive bays:

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Picture quality isn’t great but without studio lights there is only so much you can do!

Leftovers:

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7] Here is rest of the parts (not a complete list though..):

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3 thoughts on “Perfect vSphere 5 Whitebox Project

  1. Adrian Kielbowicz Post author

    Hey Oliver, what exactly are you interested in with regards to write performance? I did flash my M1015 (which essentially is LSI 9240-8i) to LSI 9211-8i in IT mode which gives me straight pass-through for all connected devices (no need for VD aka Virtual Disks etc.) Obviously I don’t have BBU (battery backup unit) on my IBM/LSI card so write performance will never be as good.

    I will be updating this post very soon with ton of info about the build so stick around!

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