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post #11 of 22
Only problems I have had running esxi was driver support on some of my desktop parts. Ended up running an 08 host with vmware workstation. Please note this was back in 4.0 days.

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post #12 of 22
i knew it. anyways beautiful rig.
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post #13 of 22
Nice rig man, ugly case though smile.gif

What are you using for the RAID controller? ESXi does not support chipset RAID.
    
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post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dushan24 View Post

Nice rig man, ugly case though smile.gif

What are you using for the RAID controller? ESXi does not support chipset RAID.

The case was free. smile.gif

As for the RAID controller I'm in between the Adaptec RAID 2405 2260200-R and the LSI MegaRAID 9240-4i.
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post #15 of 22
Does you wife have a sister? thumb.gif
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post #16 of 22
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Kind of an update for everyone. I messed around with ESXi for a bit and was about to buy the raid card when I took a step back to think about it over again. I ended up just going with Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and it has fulfilled my needs. I really just didn't want to drop even more money on a raid card even though I had plenty of SATAs on the mobo to do the job. For those reading this thread wondering if the parts I have work for ESXi, they do but you just need a compatible raid card. I was even able to use the onboard NIC with a custom download of ESXi with the correct drivers. One day a may go with ESXi again but not any time soon.
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post #17 of 22
Yeah I dropped about $350 on a Adaptec Raid card. I definitely love it but ya I had buyers remorse. But it's proven to be a good card. I'm running ESXi with no issues at all. Great build BTW! I hope you have a UPS too. smile.gif
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post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by thenk83 View Post

Yeah I dropped about $350 on a Adaptec Raid card. I definitely love it but ya I had buyers remorse. But it's proven to be a good card. I'm running ESXi with no issues at all. Great build BTW! I hope you have a UPS too. smile.gif

UPS is coming soon. Any recommendations?
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post #19 of 22
APC SmartUPS 1500.
    
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APC SmartUPS if you can afford it, APC Backup-Pro, or any of the Cyberpower (preferably Pure Sine) products. Another reason to get a SmartUPS is because APC PowerChute Business Edition software gives you a lot more options than the Personal Edition. I'm not sure about Cyberpower's management software.

Then SmartUPS and Pure Sine products use true sine when on battery power, not simulated like most consumer products. True sine is clean electricity and simulated sine is dirty electricity. But you can never know how clean the electricity is from your power company either. To me it's an iffy subject really. I mention sine because Active PFC is in current power supplies and they don't like simulated sine apparently. It's said to shorten the life of a power supply, I haven't heard it kill a PSU though. I personally think to kill your PSU overtime you'd have to lose power as soon as the battery is charged like daily for a year. I think you're battery might no survive either though.

I personally have a simulated sine APC Backup Pro 600watt/1000va and have not experienced any problems when pulling the plug. Everything works and stays up and I get 35-45 minutes of up-time. I have my server, router, and telephone router plugged into it.

Make sure to get a Kill-A-Watt or a Belkin Conserve Insight to measure wattage. I'm sure all you'll need is a 600watt/1000va UPS. It should get you more than 15 minutes of up-time.

http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=sua1000i
http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=BR1000G
http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=BR1500G
http://www.cyberpowersystems.com/products/ups-systems/adaptive-sinewave-series/CP1000PFCLCD.html
http://www.cyberpowersystems.com/products/ups-systems/intelligent-lcd-ups/CP1285AVRLCD.html

That's just my 2cents.gif. Someone might have something better to say though.
Edited by thenk83 - 2/25/13 at 9:10am
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