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I'm looking to build a server that I will use as my Server 2012 home lab. I want to test out Microsoft VDI so I'll be using Hyper-V on it although I plan on using VMware vSphere as the base hyper-visor (want to be familiar with both VMware and Hyper-V for work). I know that VMware has very specific hardware compatibility requirements but that's not exactly what I'm looking for info on here.

My main reason for posting is that I want to build a server that is scalable for the future. Sure I'm just using it for a home server environment now so for example 16GB of RAM might suffice for that. However I want something that will last me 5+ years hence why I want something scalable. Therefore I'm more interested in people's opinions on what types of hardware you'd recommend. I don't have space for an actual rack server so I plan on using a typical tower build.
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Just a side note, if you are looking to do a VDI with Server 2012, you are going to need at least two physical servers running Server 2012. Both will be running Hyper-V, and inside a VM on one of them will be your RDS (Remote Desktop Services) box, that will connect to the other physical server and configure it for VDI (and reboot when needed). Thus, you can't do a true Server 2012 VDI inside a single box running ESXi.
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

Just a side note, if you are looking to do a VDI with Server 2012, you are going to need at least two physical servers running Server 2012. Both will be running Hyper-V, and inside a VM on one of them will be your RDS (Remote Desktop Services) box, that will connect to the other physical server and configure it for VDI (and reboot when needed). Thus, you can't do a true Server 2012 VDI inside a single box running ESXi.

Yea I was hoping my current server running 2008R2 would suffice once I upgrade it to 2012. Are you saying it makes little sense for me to even use vSphere at all?
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 3/6/13 at 1:16pm
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I think I've decided to just build a Win7 machine inside a mini-ATX case with an i7 and 32GB of RAM. I'm going do my lab all virtual from within VMware workstation. Since it's all going to be virtual, does hardware mattter much? I'm mainly just wondering if I need any specifics on the motherboard?
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