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Just brought some older/replaced hardware home from work and have been playing around with it all weekend. My goal here is mainly to set up a closet lab for educational/certification purposes but I'll be using some of it for personal use, i.e. the gaming community I run(temp-hosting servers when our main boxes are down or pulled for maintenance, etc).

Currently I have this PE860 on my home network and running linux mint with a windows 7 VM(virtualbox), not the most ideal setup but I'm sort of new to these things and still heavily rely on fancy GUIs. This 1 x 2.4GHz Xeon dualcore and 4gb of ECC DDR2 results in very sluggish performance, but client side I've had no complaints about the few little game servers I've got running. My boss told me about ESXi and that it would be far better since it's a hypervisor/bare metal VM so now I'm looking in to that option. Apparently I can even control that from some sort of VSphere client on my personal rig which would be fantastic.

Unfortunately my PE 860 is not officially supported by VMware but I'm positive people have run ESXi on them. My question is - What is the latest version of ESXi/VSphere that I can run on this PE860, and is there anything in particular I need to do to make it work?
 
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Dell's custom ISO of ESXi v5.5 worked fine.
Edited by johnny.dot.exe - 10/14/13 at 1:18am
 
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How about licensing? I downloaded the Dell custom ESXi 5.5 image as well, but it expires in 60 days. I have since downloaded the VMvisor from VMWare with non-commercial licenses since this is for a personal learning lab.
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You have to make an account on the official vsphere/esxi website and get your free license. You then log in to your esxi host with vsphere client and input your key on there. That unlocks the free version of esxi.
 
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Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 6.0GB/s Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 6.0GB/s LiteOn CD/DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H80i + 2x Corsair SP120 + 4x CM SickleF... Windows 8.1 x64 HP 2310m Acer x223w 
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Razer Black Widow Ultimate 2013 Edition Corsair HX-850 CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Speed Standard Logitech G930 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Celeron C1037U N/A Integrated Crucial 2gb DDR3 SODIMM 
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Western Digital Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Passive pfSense N/A 
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Integrated 
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