I want to showcase some more stuff I've been using so other people can benefit from the research and work I've put into my homelab.

I've been using these cheap 10 gigabit NICs that were made by Cisco for their UCS line.They're $13 a pop at the time of writing, and you can get them in low profile and full height brackets.

ex: ebay.com/itm/324307876143

ESXi 7 (my hypervisor of choice) has native drivers built in for these, and so does linux. Windows drivers can be installed from Cisco's UCS B-series server driver ISO, which I'll link down below (and also rehost since you need a Cisco account to access the drivers)

I will mention that these have worked really well for me except with one minor issue - a couple of the cards I bought a while back didn't support VLANs exactly like they should've under ESXi.

Not sure if that's a symptom of a firmware issue or what happened but the ESXi host never received traffic on that VLAN, although it could send it no problem. Swapping the card for another one I got in the same batch fixed it.

Other than that, they've been an awesome way to get into 10g networking for really cheap and I've learned a ton. Plus my vMotions and NFS storage are much faster now :)


Oh and I should mention that for some reason a friend of mine could get his card to work in one server of his but not others. I haven't had that same issue so I couldn't tell you what it might be.We're guessing something weird with pcie/bios/etc

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