A while back I was browsing eBay for computers. Nothing anything particular. I came to a listing for a “barebone kit” of an HP Prodesk 600 G1 DM, actually, more like half stripped and sold as parts, meaning if I bought it, I would have to supply a Processor, Memory, and a Hard Drive to use it. Anyways, at the spur of the moment, I decided what the heck, it is under $100 and I can use as a Linux box. I have received it and tossed in an Intel i3-4330, 6gb DDR3L of memory, and 64gb Crucial MX100 SSD. My first reactions were that this system was quick but found it sort of loud. The system had then put on the shelf for a bit due to time constraints.
Up until now, as I was cleaning the closet, I have decided to give the HP Prodesk another look but as a vSphere ESXi host. My main concern was it not being compatible with ESXi since VMWare holds a very tight hardware compatibility standard. I have loaded the thing up with 12gb of DDR3L memory and 500gb Western Digital SSD for the datastore. To my surprise, it runs GREAT! It ran ESXi out of the box. I did not have to inject drivers into the ESXi image, with it only using 20 watts out of the wall, have available msata slot for additional storage, possibly working with 32gb of memory. This makes a perfect option for a home lab machine to host some virtual machines.
7/1/19 Update: Since then, the HP Prodesk 600 G1 DM has been relocated to my parent’s house. It is currently running ESXi 6.5, still, underneath their basement stairs as their file server and VPN client.