Just in case you are wondering where the first post on the N36L build is, it has been unfortunately a bit delayed! There have been a few developments since the last post, that have been blockers to progress.
To start with, the RAM I initially purchased was incorrect, and now I know the difference the difference with regards to different types of ECC RAM! This is now resolved and I purchased some Corsair XMS3 RAM (2x4G), and will be using this RAM in the build.
Secondly, VMWare recently launched ESXi 5 for general availability. Previously I was going to use ESXi 4.1, but figured that using ESXi 5 would be good, as it had just been released. However, that said, ESXi 5 support in libvirt isn't there yet, so I am going to have to go back to using ESXi 4.1 as per the previous plan.
I'll try and get the build post, with photos up in the next 2 weeks.
Hang in there, it won't be long!