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ESXi on ARM – Andy’s BOM !

If you’ve been living under a rock you may not know that a recent VMware Fling was released of ESXi on ARM. You can check out my articles on Experts Exchange http://vexpert.me/ESXionARM and http://vexpert.me/ESXi-ARM-BOOT-from-SAN

This is my 4 (four) Raspberry Pi 4B Cluster of VMware vSphere ESXi 7.0 for ARM.

vSphere Cluster

vSphere Cluster

It’s based on 4 x Raspberry Pi 4B, Cluster/Rack, PoE and 4 x SanDisk 16GB MicroSD cards.

 

I did originally purchase a “Cluster” power supply at 2.4A per port, you’ll not need anymore unless you have external devices connected to your Pi, and then you may need 3A per port! switched to PoE!

 

So the BOM (bill of materials is as follows)

  1.  4 x Raspberry Pi 4B 8GB version from CPC (cheapest supplier in the UK, if they have stock)
  2. 1 x Pi Rack Case for Raspberry Pi 4 from Amazon
  3. 4 x PoE HAT from Amazon
  4. Sandisk MicroSD 3 Pack from Amazon 
  5. 5 Port LCD Charger from Amazon
  6. 5 Short braided USB cables from Amazon
  7. Handy USB HDMI device (connect to PI, and have PC display!)
  8. Hex drivers (if you have fat fingers like me, 5mm nuts can be fiddley!)

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