Oftentimes people talk about passing a RAID controller/ HBA/ USB drive through to a guest OS in VMware ESXi (this guide is based on 4.1 and works for ESX too) using VMDirectPath I/O or disk through disk in Microsoft Hyper-V. This is especially useful when one either needs direct RAID controller/ HBA access for an operating system which is recommended for OpenSolaris/ FreeBSD solutions or USB access for an OS installation. It is a fairly simple process, so I figured I would provide a quick guide. Before embarking on this process, please note that the server will need to be restarted mid-process so this is not something that should be done on an ESX host with critical virtual machines [...]
The Big WHS was originally supposed to house approximately 30TB of storage when the plans were first detailed on an Excel spreadsheet BOM in December 2009. This was a big upgrade to my first DIY Windows Home Server box that had well under 20TB. About five months later, the storage capacity has crested 60TB, with further room to expand. The Big WHS now spans two 4U Norco cases (using a total of 8U of rackspace and another 4U chassis is in the works) has over 60TB of storage, and requires well over a dozen ports on the gigabit switch.
The Supermicro X8SIL-F motherboard is an excellent board for home and small business servers. When building a file server built upon Windows Home Server (V1 or V2 Vail) or another open source NAS project such as FreeNAS, Openfiler, EON ZFS storage, the Supermicro has a feature set that differentiates itself from both AMD and Intel based consumer-level motherboards. Compatibility with those operating systems and virtualization platforms such as Microsoft’s Hyper-V make the X8SIL-F a strong contender for a DIY storage or virtual machine server.