Variety of Site Updates Now Available (including walk-thru video of UEFI BIOS on ASRock Z68 Gen3)

Here's some miscellaneous tips for folks that have been to this site before: Jul 20 2011: Check out the new Fancybox for Wordpress images, much faster loading than the NextGEN Gallery I moved away from, easier to navigate libraries on iOS devices and PCs. Jul 20 2011: In addition to PCI passthru,…

Jul 20 2011

Issue encountered while testing ESXi 4.1U1, got a PSOD

I've had a single instance of a purple screen of death on the ASRock Z68 Extreme4, looks like the Broadcom is the likely cause Broadcom related PSOD.  The  ASRock Z68 Gen3 I've moved to uses Realtek instead, no PSODs seen so far. 2011-07-19 News Flash #2 ASRock "Fatal1ty Z68 Professional…

Jul 19 2011

ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard likes and dislikes

Jan 26 2012 Update: Getting into RAID BIOS setup is now found to be easy, see solution at: TinkerTry.com/lsi-knowledgebase-article-points-tinkertry-method-configure-lsi-raid-z68-motherboard This article is getting rather stale (outdated), but is still quite popular. Below, you'll find how it first…

Jul 19 2011

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard likes and dislikes

Pricing info in this newegg.com screenshot as of Jul 17 2011 subject to change at any time: I’ve been able to spend about 10 days with the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard, and I’m now able to give it a cursory overview, having kicked the tires a bit, with both Windows 7 x64 SP1 and VMware ESXi…

Jul 17 2011

Superguide: Z68 Sandybridge Motherboard VT-d Test Matrix: Which Mobo/CPU combo works with VMware ESXi 4.1U1 VMDirectPath feature?

I’ve tested 4 brands of Z68 motherboards out, and the results are in, certain ASRock and MSI Z68 Motherboards can do VMDirectPath! I tested these 4 mid price point boards myself while building vZilla and each cost somewhere between $170-$230. As of July 14, 2011, using the BIOS version listed in…

Jul 14 2011

Superguide: “vZilla” Z68/Core i7/LSI 9265-8i - built for virtualization, storage, and speed

Jul 12 2011 Original Post: (see also updates, appended at the end) Create your own fast and resilient VMware whitebox, for both "production" and "lab" use. I'm happy to finally be publishing this summary on July 12, 2011...the day vSphere 5 was announced. Back in April, my goals…

Jul 13 2011

Intel Z68 chipset MSI motherboard custom build ESXi, disk throughput looking good

I'm building the mother of all VMware ESXi 4.1U1 servers, based on the new Z68 chipset. The goals are reasonable cost, efficiency, and a lot of flexibility and coolness (literally and figuratively). A nice bonus is VT-d (VMDirectPath) support, where worry about what components are not on the VMware…

Jun 3 2011