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Thanks for all the answers. I just put in a $375 bid for a 2x L5520 + 72GB RAM version - hope they accept my bid wink.gif

Hopefully you guys aren't tired of my dumb questions yet, because I have a couple more:

  1. Can this server boot from partitions > 2.2 TB? If so, I'm thinking of dropping the boot SSD completely and going for 4x 3 TB drives in RAID 5 (or perhaps RAID-Z) instead.
  2. Hypervisor choice: Hyper-V, Xen, ESXi or something else?
    • I have multiple licenses for Server 2008 R2, so Hyper-V is definitely an option. Also, being essentially plain old Windows, it's by far the easiest to set up.
    • Xen is free/open source and GPU passthrough definitely works, at least for AMD cards.
    • ESXi is the gold standard for enterprises, but the free version (which is all I have access to) seems a bit barren in terms of features compared to Xen or Hyper-V...
  3. Virtualizing my file server: This is something that I was never able to figure out with my current whitebox server - how exactly does one get around the VMDK/VDI/VHD/etc. virtual disk size limits?

1.) I do not know the answer to this, since I have not done this myself.
2.) Choose whatever you are most comfortable with. If you like Xen, check out XenCloud Platform. It's Open Source, built on the Xen Hypervisor but can use Citrix tools such as XenCenter for management. I am a big proponent of Hyper-V, and am spending my weekend upgrading my Hyper-V hosts at home to Server 2012 R2 (obtainable via TechNet). I also want to point out that ESXi is not exactly the gold standard. I'm just pointing this out because I hate seeing this. Yes, more companies are using ESXi but that is mostly because they are locked with maintenance agreements and don't have the budget to change out their infrastrucutre. A lot of these companies, given the chance to redo their virtualization from the ground up, would surprisingly choose Hyper-V, especially with Server 2012 (and the R2 release). If you want free, definitely go with XenCloud Platform. If you want simple and great, go with Hyper-V (I highly recommend Server 2012 instead of 2008R2 for Hyper-V -- tons of new features/improvments). They only way I would recommend the free ESXi is if you are comfortable with ESXi and the free version works for you. Realistically, no one in a home setting is going to buy the licensed version of ESXi. Whereas a lot of people have various ways to get Windows Server 2012 licenses (TechNet, MSDN, DreamSpark, through work, etc). Just my two cents.

What virtual drive size limits are you referring to? VHDs have a 2TB limit, where VHDx has a 64TB limit. There are many ways to go about virtualizing your storage server though. You can create VHDx the size of each disk and attach it at the hypervisor level, then stripe/span it. You could pass the RAID Controller/HBA to the hypervisor, and let the VM see each drive locally. You can use a RAID Controller outside of the hypervisor, create you storage setup, create multiple VHDx and attach those as storage to a VM at the hypervisor level, or pass those to a VM via iSCSI.
Many different ways.
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you can not boot from a partition larger than 2.2TB. Bios limitation.
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you can not boot from a partition larger than 2.2TB. Bios limitation.

Correct!
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