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So I "plan" to build a mini ESXi server box to host Server 2012 Essentials (IIS, MSSQL, iTunes, File Server, etc) and CentOS (PHP, Apache, and MySQL) virtual machine. If that doesn't work out I'm just going to run Server 2012 Essentials with what I listed prior. I'm really flip flopping between what I want to do. It's not etched in stone. So don't hold me to it.

Here's what I'm going with:

Already Own
AMD FX-8150
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB (OS Drive)
Western Digital Red 2TB (x4) (Storage/Raid 5)

Purchased
Lian Li PC-A04B Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112316

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128565

Adaptec RAID 6405 Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816103223

Corsair CX500M Modular 500W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139050

G.Skill Value Series 4GB PC-1333 (x2)(I'll add more later)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231421

Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Nic
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033

ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135256

IOGear HDMI KVM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817399101

I know the motherboard isn't the greatest. The offerings from Gigabyte are slim for a MicroATX AM3+ motherboard. There's also no way I'm budging from Gigabyte... I've trusted them for over 10 years. I ordered a Dell Perc 5/i with battery off eBay. But parts of me doesn't even want to fuss with it. So I plan to sell it when it comes hence why I have the Adaptec card listed. I will also get the Adaptec Flash Module later.

Anyway, this is what I'm going to do. Let me know what you think. Oh, and I'm down the street from NewEgg's Will Call.. so I'm not budging for that either. biggrin.gifthumb.gif
Edited by thenk83 - 2/11/13 at 10:51am
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post #2 of 10
Why install ESXi on just one host to run just one server? So far I'm thinking just install 2012 directly onto the server and skip ESXi.
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Why install ESXi on just one host to run just one server? So far I'm thinking just install 2012 directly onto the server and skip ESXi.
Well an FX-8150 is alot of CPU and paired with 16+GB of ram and there is room for expansion in the future.

VM's are great for prototyping, testing, experimenting etc. Also the OP stated he planned to setup a LAMP stack based on CentOS as well.
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Being a VCP I had no idea the usefulness of VM's... thumb.gif

But my bad, I missed the CentOS part and only seen the one single OS (Win 2012).
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Yeah, I plan to start with Server 2012 Essentials and CentOS 6.3 for all my web development stuff. Server 2012 will also be my file store. I also might need another VM to toy around with for Active Directory and Exchange. This is going to my mini test lab server basically. That's why I'm starting out with ESXi and go from there.
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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post #6 of 10
For the record, you can run CentOS 6.3 (as well as RHEL 6.3 and a few other distros) on Hyper-V with Server 2012. Microsoft has finally picked up support for it in Hyper-V, as well as several other Microsoft products (Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, etc).
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For the record, you can run CentOS 6.3 (as well as RHEL 6.3 and a few other distros) on Hyper-V with Server 2012. Microsoft has finally picked up support for it in Hyper-V, as well as several other Microsoft products (Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, etc).

Just be sure to grab the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V package from MS so that network, mouse, etc works properly.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34603
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Just be sure to grab the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V package from MS so that network, mouse, etc works properly.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34603

Yes.

However, with a non-GUI Linux Server, mouse support isn't needed. Legacy NICs are 10/100 speed, so if you need gigabit vNICs you will need Integration Services. NTP, and a few other minor things also require Integration Services to function fully, but without them you can still do a lot. I have 3 Linux VMs running in my Hyper-V environment and only 1 has Integration Services, and that is my CentOS 6.3 box.
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I'm not opposed to trying Hyper-V. ESXi is what we use a work. I sort of wanted to stick with that. But thanks for the information. I'll give it a try,
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post #10 of 10
Oh it's whatever you are more comfortable with. If you work with ESX at work, I would use that at home instead myself.
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