Home Lab Refresh – Supermicro E300-9D-8CN8TP

If you know me personally you would know I take a chance on something I really want, it was like that when i first ordered my DELL R610 servers 5 years ago. While they have served me well, I’ve purchased additional memory, updated processors to help support 6.7, DRAC controller, 10GB adaptors, etc. Fast forward today, I wanted to dive into something new, it was a toss up between going with Intel NUCs, SuperMicro towers or the usual older HPE and Dell servers that have been refurbished.

I decided on taking the leap on the Supermicro E300-9D-8CN8TP. My decision was start off with one and eventually build up slowly, my goal would be to get a 3 host setup to do various types of testing (complete overkill, I know).

Reviewed the VMWare hardware compatibility list and the server is listed to support 7.0 u1, this helps assure me with some future proof.


I recommend spending the extra $27 dollars and obtain the Out-Of-Band (OOB) license key, this will allow you to Update BIOS in addition to some extra.

Although this is not a deep dive technical review, It’s on my mind to get one written up. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Credit goes out to William Lam’s blog post on this server.

Here is a breakdown of the build

Supermicro E300-9D-8CN8TP Barebonehttps://tinyurl.com/y5fj84cp

Supermicro 32GB DDR4-2666 DIMMhttps://tinyurl.com/y6avan35

Supermicro SSD-DM016-SMCMVN1 16GB SATA DOMhttps://tinyurl.com/yynz9zyz

M.2 NVMe SSD PCIE 3.0 M Key Adapterhttps://tinyurl.com/yyucglqe

Supermicro Out Of Band License Keyhttps://store.supermicro.com/out-of-band-sft-oob-lic.html

1 thought on “Home Lab Refresh – Supermicro E300-9D-8CN8TP”

  1. Thanks for sharing Sargon! Good start for a home lab towards your certs. Need to get mine going and been thinking about Super Micro also.

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