Due to the lack of resources of my Lab-station (Amd ryzen3 with 16gb) build, I have decided to build a new Lab-station for Data Center, SD-WAN, Virtualization, Net-dev & Cloud reps. Package includes 5-extra sas drive and door-to-door delivery. With this server I can get 6core/12threads per cpu, total of 24t. It has 18 ram slots(max) but I’m only using 6 slots 8gb per slot (48gb in total) and with supported raid 0, 1, 5, 10 feature.
Powering-up HP Proliant DL380 G6. After the post you need to configure/setup the raid(redundant array of independent disks).
I. RAID Configuration
> Press F8 to move to Option Rom Configuration for Array (ORCA). If after pressing the F8 and you get redirected to the bios option you’ll just need to exit and press the F8 again.
Issue pops up regarding “Invalid drive movement” this was possible due to missing old raid config, So I just tried clearing the existing raid config and re-create a new one for the installed drives. Select raid 5.
Once the raid configuration has been completed. I moved to OS/ESXI installation.
II. ESXI Installation
a. Download esxi 6.7 version from exsi website (need to register to download).
b. Create a bootable usb drive using rufus 2.7 version.
c. Connect the USB drive onto server usb port then select F11 to manually specify the boot option. Select 3.
d. Read the installation Guide for reference.
Once completed, You can now access you esxi server using the web management. From my old lab-station I have exported all my Virtual machine and import to the new ESXI server.
Pending: Next, I need to convert my Physical machine w/ Ubuntu OS to OVF. This can be done using Vmware vCenter Converter Standalone.
From my old lab-station, I have created a new root acct. and make sure to run the sudo command w/out password prompt.
visudo or sudo visudo
sudoer ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL
%sys ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
sudoer ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /bin/kill
My New Lab Station: