I'm planning to build an ESXi server on consumer hardware for a home lab. I'm hoping to get some recommendations on important features for a consumer grade motherboard.
I've only ever run ESX on enterprise class hardware, so I'm not exactly sure what is going to make one consumer grade motherboard better than another. I turn to you, ServerFault community.
The two priority features are:
- That the MB support 16g ram
- Consumer grade - ie, ATX-like form factor.
The rest is negotiable. I'm looking for versatility here. The number and types of VMs will vary greatly from week to week.
My two biggest concerns/unknowns are:
- Are there chipsets/processors that are specifically aimed at improving virtualization performance?
- I want to account for heavy disk IO. My intention is to use a sata raid controller with disks in Raid 5. Can my motherboard selection impact the overall system disk IO performance?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I'm not looking for shopping recommendations. I'm looking for important features and/or technologies that would be beneficial for this project.