The Epic ESXI 6.5 + FREENAS Server 26TB RAIDz2

All Current Hardware Specifications.

CPU: (ESXI SHARED) Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3GHz LGA 1150 80W BX80646E31230V3 Server Processor.

RAM: (ESXI SHARED) Kingston KVR16E11/8 ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 4x8GB (32GB).

MOBO: ASUS P9D-C/4L ATX Server Motherboard.

SSD: 2x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB / Samsung 840 EVO 120GB / Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F60GBLS 2.5“ 60GB.

HDD: 9x Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB

CPU COOLER: ZALMAN CNPS9500 CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink.

Raid CARD #1: ASUS PIKE 2008. ← DEAD ( replacement after adding new SSD block storage )

Raid CARD #2: LSI Internal SATA/SAS 9211-4i.

Raid Expander: Intel RAID Twenty-four port Expander Card RES2SV240.

PSU: CORSAIR RM Series RM450 450W ATX12V. (upgrade later to redundant 400W)


UPS: APC BR1000G Back-UPS Pro 1000VA. ( ADDED plus it provides power scrubbing )

ESXI 6.5

Hardware Dedicated: 4x SSD - 1x Corsair 60GB + 2x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB + 1x Samsung 840 EVO 120GB

Mission Critical vms: PFsense 2.3.3, FreeNAS Corral.

Non Mission Critical vms: 4x Debian servers - web, ts3, mysql and backup management. 1x Windows server 2012R2

FreeNAS Corral

Hardware Dedicated:

  1. 8GB ram LOCKED
  2. 8x RaidZ Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB. (1x hot spare 3TB)
  3. LSI Internal SATA/SAS 9211-4i.
  4. Intel RAID Twenty-four port Expander Card RES2SV240.


  • Plex Docker Container
  • SMB Shares
  • NFS Shares to ESXI

The Hardware Upgrade Plans!

( – New items needed – )

HDD: 15x Red NAS Hard Drive 3TB (WD30EFRX).

SSD: 4x Samsung 850 EVO 1TB (MZ-75E1T0B/AM).

3D Print: custom 8x bay tray for inside the NORCO RPC-4224 4U.

Cost to upgrade.

Total with estimated tax:

HDD: $1,295.43 (04/02/16 - amazon)

SSD: $1,426.71 (03/22/2017 - amaozon)

Rack Images

Current Images: (NOTE: These are PRE completed install messy images.. I will take new ones once I rack the server)

Update: The Asus pike 2008 Died 5hrs after the install into the new case. - All SSDS are plunged into the Motherboard on 6GB ports