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    Specs for a VMWare server.....

    This is just for my home network, not an enterprise setup.

    CPU

    Phenom X3 8450 - £72.21

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AMD-P...l-Cache-Retail

    Motherboard

    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-DS2H - £72.38

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...A300-Micro-ATX

    Memory

    TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - 4GB - £55.94

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(...S-4-4-4-12-DHX

    (The website doesn't say if these work with this board)

    HardDisk(s)

    2 x 320 GB Maxtor STM3320820AS - £33.71 (£67.42)

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/320-G...MB-Cache-11-ms

    PSU

    480W Tagan 2Force (Already own)

    Case

    Lian Li PC-V350B (Already Own)

    I have left enough space to add another 4GB of RAM

    Total = £267.95

    Or

    See if this comes back into stock and add the RAM and disks to that?

    http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr...%3D%26SB%3Dplh
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    i'd be tempted to get the hp as you get the decent quad opty which my be better for the server style tasks when your running vmware. though the gigabyte board does support upto 16gb of ram which may be useful to prolong the life of the server. hmm i really don't know though the hp may be worth it for the opteron alone
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    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    The only issue I am thinking is will the HP server take standard DDR2 RAM?
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    you wanting to run ESXi on this ?

    check it all on the HCL

    http://www.vmware.com/resources/comp...ient=firefox-a

    the ESX HCL is pretty strict.

    why not be really clever and run a separate storage LAN , with iSCI or NFS form your freenas box.
    then you can get a second ESX box and cluster it
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    hmmm good point about the hardware. I have had ESXi running on a Q6600 and an ASUS P5W-DH board but I think that ran due to the intel RAID controller. RAM for my old Dell is stupid money and running 2 x P4 Xenon CPUs is costly, hence the needed upgrade but that server has a PERC RAID controller and 3 x 36GB HDDs in RAID5.

    I'll have to go and checkout the compatibility list and see what I can do.
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    there are some good blogs on building a ghetto spec esx box - I'll see if I can dig them up for you
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    what would I do without Hexus and Moby?

    Is it not just the RAID controller that ESXi is picky about?
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    mostly it is the storage that it seems to get picky about - abstracting it with NFS or iSCSI works well.
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    i think it's just the raid controller that it will spit feathers about
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    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
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    Re: Specs for a VMWare server.....

    I'll have a go with NFS with my current setup if not I'll get reading those blogs.
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