Supermicro Home Lab

Created: November 2018 (extended in 2019 to a 3-node VMware vSAN cluster)

Number of Hosts: 3 hosts with 128GB RAM each

Current VMware Products (Dec 2020): ESXi 7.0 U1, vCenter Server 7.0 U1, vSAN 7.0 U1, Horizon 8 (2006) with App Volumes 4.2 and Dynamic Environment Manager 10.1, NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi) 20.1.2, Workspace ONE Access (VIDM) 20.10, Workspace ONE Access Connector 19.03, Cloud Director 10.2, Carbon Black Cloud Workload (Virtual Appliance 1.0, VMware Tools 10.2)

Other tested VMware products: vRealize Operations 8.x, vRealize Automation 8.x, vRealize Log Insight 8.x, HCX 3.5.3, NSX-T 3.x

Cost of BOM: CHF 1’850.- (approx. $2080.- or €1720.-) per node (without Ubiquiti network equipment)

Bill of Materials (BOM)

Mainboard: Supermicro X11SPM-TF (microATX)

  • CPU: 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, Single Socket LGA-3647 (Socket P) supported
  • Up to 1.5TB 3DS ECC RDIMM, DDR4-2933MHz; Up to 1.5TB 3DS ECC LRDIMM, DDR4-2933MHz, in 6 DIMM slots
  • IPMI
  • LAN: 2 RJ45 10GBase-T ports
  • SATA: 12 SATA3 (6Gbps) via C622
  • M.2: 1 PCI-E 3.0 x4; Form Factor 2242, 2280
  • PCI-E: 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16,1 PCI-E 3.0 x8
  • Video Output: 1 VGA port

Chassis: Fractal Node 804

Fractal Node 804 

Power Supply Unit: Seasonic Focus Plus Platinum 750W

CPU: Intel Xeon Silver 4110

RAM: Kingston Server-Memory KSM26ED8/32ME 1x 32 GB (32GB, DIMM 288, DDR4-2666)

Boot Drive for ESXi: Samsung 860 EVO Basic, 250GB, 2.5″

vSAN Cache Disk: Samsung 970 EVO Plus, 250GB, M.2 2280

vSAN Capacity Disk: Samsung 860 EVO Basic, 1000GB, 2.5″