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Inexpensive HCL Certified 10GBe network interfaces for vSphere ESXi 7.0 and vSphere ESXi 8.0 #homelab

Sunday, July 2nd, 2023

I’ve been desperately searching for inexpensive 10GBe SFP+ network interface cards for use with my new #intel #optane #homelab #vSAN which support both VMware vSphere 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) and 8.0 (ESXi 8.0), the major reason is so I can use the same lab for vSphere 7.0 and then upgrade to vSphere 8.0.

You can use the VMware Hardware compatibility list to find them, but it does take some searching and testing, so I’ve settled on the following network interface cards

Dell 0Y40PH Broadcom 57810S Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Network Card Low Profile Dell P/N: 0Y40PH – this uses the qfle3i driver in ESXi 7.x and 8.x.

Dell 0Y40PH Broadcom 57810S Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Network Card Low Profile Dell P/N: 0Y40PH

Dell 0Y40PH Broadcom 57810S Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Network Card Low Profile Dell P/N: 0Y40PH

Dell 0Y40PH Broadcom 57810S Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Network Card Low Profile Dell P/N: 0Y40PH

Dell 0Y40PH Broadcom 57810S Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Network Card Low Profile Dell P/N: 0Y40PH

Dell 0XYT17 Intel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GB SFP+ NIC with SFP this uses the ixgben driver for ESXi 7.x and 8.x

Dell 0XYT17 Intel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GB SFP+ NIC with SFP

Dell 0XYT17 Intel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GB SFP+ NIC with SFP

Dell 0XYT17 Intel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GB SFP+ NIC with SFP

Dell 0XYT17 Intel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GB SFP+ NIC with SFP

which I’ve tested both with ESXi 7.0 and ESXi 8.0.

What does surprise me, in it’s taken many months to find the first card above, which is present on the HCL, and also functions with ESXi 7. and 8.0, without adding any additional drivers, e.g. it works out of the box!

We were scrapping many Dell R910 from the datacentre, and I was surprised after testing that the Dell 0XYT17 Intel X520-DA2 Dual Port 10GB SFP+ NIC with SFP still functions with ESXi 7.0 and ESXi 8.0, and was manufactured 10 years ago, and is still present on the HCL today! Well done #intel for stopping these cards going to landfill!

10 years old and on the HCL!

10 years old and on the HCL!

This is a bargain card and firmware is still available and can be updated from Dell ! From memory 21.x !

So ideal for an inexpensive #homelab

Argh, I’ve got one issue, more later on that!

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#intel #optane demo units as part of the @vExpert program

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

I was able to take part in the fantastic offer of free #intel #optane demo units as part of the vExpert Program to create a #vSAN #homelab project which I will document here on this blog. It has taken me a while to obtain all the parts for the #homelab BOM, so here goes….. the #homelab will be based on VMware vSphere 7.0 and 8.0 vSAN.

So one of the many benefits of the vExpert Program , so if you have an interest in VMware Products, reach out to me as a vExpert Pro, for help with applying to the program!

So many Thanks to fellow #vExperts –  Mr vSAN, and Matt Mancini, vCommunity Guy for organising this. 

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This is not houmous !

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

This is not houmous ! I’ve created a weapon of mass destruction!

I’ve been growing organic horseradish on the allotments for over 15 years, and I’ve recently dug it up, and started to prepare it for homemade horseradish sauce!

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Sorry for the hiatus!

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

So maybe time to return, life has just been so hectic, and the Blog has not broke, so the tidy-up has begon, as lots of links have broken in the last 3 years!

I’ve removed the annoying MrHyperlink, people complained about the flashing, and got rid of the GiffGaff and Donations buttons!

Normal service will resume shortly!

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It’s been a while!

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

It’s been a while since I last Blogged!

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Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions Inc

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

I’m trying to work smarter and more efficiently, and returned to using a tool I found over 10 years ago called Remote Desktop Manager by Devolutions Inc, basically, it’s a System Administration tool, which has all your server/workstation connection stuff in, so that single pane of glass management, e.g. RDP and SSH connections all in one place for managing and connecting to servers, and much much more.

and if you are a vExpert, MVP you get it for FREE!

 

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How not to play Fornite! Keep out of the storm!

Sunday, December 27th, 2020

Power cut today, caused me to be without internet for seven hours, and when power was restored, I had a few issues.

So later when all was restored, I had a test game of Fornite, and thought I would record it, so you can see what happens if you go fishing for a great white shark!

 

Oh, you are supposed to stay out of the storm! (it kills you!)

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Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year 2021 from Andysworld!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
Christmas Festive Monkey

Christmas Festive Monkey

This photo was taken by me in Nagano Japan in 2011, it’s not a stock download from the internet! just before the Earthquake and Reactor meltdown!

Hopefully 2021 will be COVID-19 eventually….

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7 Day Streak – Achieving a 7 day hacking streak on TryHackMe

Friday, December 11th, 2020

TryHackMe

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Chasing Rainbows, Rainbows End

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Whilst out walking today for our daily lunchtime walk to break up the day working from home due to COIVID-19!

Two rainbows appeared over the ‘shire’.

Double Rainbow above 'The Shire'

Double Rainbow above ‘The Shire’

Chasing the end of the rainbow!

Chasing the end of the rainbow!

almost there!

almost there!

 

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