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    Slightly more expandability than a Microserver

    Hi All

    Currently my ESXi test lab runs on a Microserver. I'm finding it's a bit RAM constrained. Is there anything similar which will take, say, 32GB RAM. Price comes second to low power, and v. quiet as it needs to run 24x7 - it also runs domestic DNS, proxy etc.

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    Re: Slightly more expandability than a Microserver

    IIRC,the system uses a 1.2GHZ AMD dual core right??


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    Re: Slightly more expandability than a Microserver

    1.5Ghz I thought.

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    Re: Slightly more expandability than a Microserver

    You can get E350 based and probably Atom based motherboards,but these probably only have two RAM slots, and the CPU is probably slower too.

    Maybe these parts are worth considering:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a...mhz-65w-retail

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigab...vi-d-hdmi-matx

    The Trinity CPUs have low idle and low load power consumption and the motherboards has 4 RAM slots an 8 SATA3.0 ports too.

    Perhaps,go with an A8 5500 if you need more threads:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a...mhz-65w-retail

    OTH,I suspect you might not need an IGP so this might do the trick too:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a...che-65w-retail

    It is basically the same CPU section as an A8-5500 but with no IGP.

    AFAIK,Trinity supports IOMMUv2,although I have not checked if the motherboard I listed supports it too.


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    Re: Slightly more expandability than a Microserver

    Dependent on storage requirements it might be worth looking at the Fujitsu Primergy MX130S1 - that'll take 16Gb of RAM which might cut the mustard. Review at http://www.wegotserved.com/2011/02/2...-micro-server/ - I was considering a couple for the home lab but ended up going down the VMWare Workstation route with my PC which has 32Gb and storage on a PERC5/i.

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    Re: Slightly more expandability than a Microserver

    Also I just had a thought: are you finding yourself RAM-constrained at 8Gb? If so you can get 16Gib in a Microserver with very specific modules. Not officially supported, but if it works, right?

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