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Yeah it was back in March smile.gif. You had two whiteboxes and a C1100 in an Hyper-V environment. biggrin.gif Those C1100s look cute, but being 1U I'd be concerned about the whining. tongue.gif

Now I have 2 C1100s and one of those white boxes left. The white box will soon be replaced with a third C1100 so I can have 2 Hyper-V nodes (non-clustered) and a third as a Hyper-V Replica server.

The whine is no where near as bad as expected. Definitely not bedroom quiet, but I can't hear it in the next room. Here is a video I made:
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@tycoonbob

Very nice, cheers for linking the video. biggrin.gif I'm surprised, but you're absolutely right - once it settles down it's more than tolerable and if it's in a closed rack there'd be no issue at all. biggrin.gif I'll still get a C6100 most likely though... tongue.gif
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@tycoonbob

Very nice, cheers for linking the video. biggrin.gif I'm surprised, but you're absolutely right - once it settles down it's more than tolerable and if it's in a closed rack there'd be no issue at all. biggrin.gif I'll still get a C6100 most likely though... tongue.gif

Yeah, it's pretty tolerable in my opinion. The C6100 is about the same noise wise as well. The C6100 is great if it fits your needs. It just didn't fit what I needed, so I didn't go that route.
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See, even that level of noise would annoy me - obviously it quiets down quite a bit when not under load, but it does still take up a _lot_ of space and still has lots of spinning fans (albeit slow).

Again - not looking for horsepower, just thinking home lab setup for trying out the latest/greatest/neatest thing. I think 3 NUC's, forming a 48GB ESXi cluster would work fantastically, and take up as much space as a box of Kleenex.

The only thing that I could see as a "downfall" would be the lack of ILO and only one ethernet port, but really for a lab I'm not all that concerned about that. Again, for heavy workloads I've got UCS, Nexus, and EMC gear to poke and prod with.
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See, even that level of noise would annoy me - obviously it quiets down quite a bit when not under load, but it does still take up a _lot_ of space and still has lots of spinning fans (albeit slow).

Again - not looking for horsepower, just thinking home lab setup for trying out the latest/greatest/neatest thing. I think 3 NUC's, forming a 48GB ESXi cluster would work fantastically, and take up as much space as a box of Kleenex.

The only thing that I could see as a "downfall" would be the lack of ILO and only one ethernet port, but really for a lab I'm not all that concerned about that. Again, for heavy workloads I've got UCS, Nexus, and EMC gear to poke and prod with.

Actually, the fans are spinning really fast, which is why they are loud (because they are small and fast). I have the server under a pretty good load and the noise level is less than that of my storage box. It's a 1U server, that is ~19" deep, so it doesn't take up that much space. Maybe compared to a mid tower it seems bigger, but it's all about what you want to get.

This server doesn't have the greatest power out there, but for the price you can't get better performance with anything else. The reason the Intel NUC is not a good choice for training/playing with a virtualization cluster with a remote storage device, is that it only has 1 NIC. A real Hyper-V or VMware host in a cluster is going to have at least 4 NICs, but more likely to have 6-10. But I guess that's what you can use your prod gear for. I think the NUC is a waste of money in this case, but this is one of those scenarios where "to each, their own" is fitting.

Good luck.
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See, even that level of noise would annoy me - obviously it quiets down quite a bit when not under load, but it does still take up a _lot_ of space and still has lots of spinning fans (albeit slow).

Again - not looking for horsepower, just thinking home lab setup for trying out the latest/greatest/neatest thing. I think 3 NUC's, forming a 48GB ESXi cluster would work fantastically, and take up as much space as a box of Kleenex.

The only thing that I could see as a "downfall" would be the lack of ILO and only one ethernet port, but really for a lab I'm not all that concerned about that. Again, for heavy workloads I've got UCS, Nexus, and EMC gear to poke and prod with.

Well it certainly seems doable. Give it a shot and let us know.

Though, I wouldn't feel comfortable loading more than 3 to 4 VMs on there...5 max depending on the workload of the VMs.
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