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I know it's doable, but I am unclear about what circumstance would mandate 27 VMs on a single drive.
    
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Originally Posted by Oedipus View Post

I know it's doable, but I am unclear about what circumstance would mandate 27 VMs on a single drive.

They are mostly network security devices and a bunch of test boxes that only need 1-5gb of disk space:

1 x load balancer
1 x web filter
13 x Next gen firewalls
1 x Badstore web server
1 x Web Application Firewall
2 x Windows XP clients
1 x Windows 8 client
1 x Windows 2008 server
4 x Lightweight Linux
1 x Metsaploit system
1 x Linux media server

I need to expand this out with another Web App firewall for active/active HA, more NGFW's and some more windows hosts.

Another higher capacity SSD is planned but I am holding out as the prices drop so much all of the time smile.gif
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You are looking at an Opteron C32 board, or an Intel LGA-1366 or 2011 setup, if you want to stay within a budget.

LGA-1366 is the cheapest, but also essentially a dead-end.

C32 is more expensive and not faster at the lower end, but you can get dual socket setups fairly affordably with it.

LGA-2011 is probably the best option for the amount of memory and performance you are looking for, if you are willing to stay single socket.

The Socket F setups people are recommending are getting pretty old, slow, and the memory they use is expensive. Might be a cheap way to get the bare minimum you need used, but it's way more dead than LGA-1366.
It's doable, depending on OSed used.
He'd still need a dual G34 board. Might be workable though.

G34 definitely looks more appealing as there is most likely an upgrade path.
I can grab some cheap Opteron 6128's now and then wait for some 12 or 16 core Opteron 6300's to drop in price smile.gif
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Yeah, G34 might be the most economical bet for piles of lightweight VMs.
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Why not just go with multiple systems? that way you have redundancy incase of failure
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Why not just go with multiple systems? that way you have redundancy incase of failure

This is all just my home lab environment so its not mission critical.
I demo advanced firewall and networking stuff to customers but I can use another environment if mine goes down for any reason.

Living in New York means space is at a premium otherwise I would definitely be running a Vmware or Proxmox (kvm) cluster
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Are you using the free version of VMware? If so, it has a 32gb host limit.
 
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Are you using the free version of VMware? If so, it has a 32gb host limit.

Nope, my work pays for my vm license and hardware. But I need to keep it to a low budget
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However, those Opteron 6218's on eBay for $55? Geez, that has me itching to buy a pair and a board to match.

They just dropped 10% to $49 each so I picked up a pair for $111.33 inc shipping! Just couldnt resist the appeal of 16 cores for that price smile.gif
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They just dropped 10% to $49 each so I picked up a pair for $111.33 inc shipping! Just couldnt resist the appeal of 16 cores for that price smile.gif

I'm jealous! I can't wait for my tax refund. Hello new Hyper-V host with 16 cores and 64GB of RAM!
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