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Was just curious if this hardware was 100% compatable with ESXi / XenServer.
If so, going to order in a while.
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Edited by chris062689 - 2/1/11 at 1:17am
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I'd get a lot more than 4 GB for an ESXi server..
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post #3 of 23
honestly, skip ESXi (unless you need ti for work/or a VMware cert) play around with proxmox, and that should save you a bunch biggrin.gif works great on my PC biggrin.gif and honestly, skip the case and get more RAM or cores...
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post #4 of 23
Check the whitebox HCL located at: http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php

The sata controller and nic on the board do not work with esxi.

What kind of vm's do you want to run?
post #5 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Syjeklye;12222462 
Check the whitebox HCL located at: http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php

The sata controller and nic on the board do not work with esxi.

What kind of vm's do you want to run?

Consulting the HCL really is a must.

I second the recommendation that you plan out what your VM's are and what they will be doing.

4GB is OK for a home based "just dicking around" build, but I wouldn't recommend less then 6-8GB, figure if it is Server 2008, that is 2-3 VM's with almost 2 GB of RAM for decent performance (with some RAM reserved for ESXi).

Proxmox doesn't look too bad, but I have used VMwares supposed closes "competitor" Xenserver, and there was no comparison in flexibility or control. Anything you can think of that you would want to do, you can, and quite easily.
Edited by trueg50 - 2/2/11 at 5:45am
    
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post #6 of 23
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This server is just going to be used for playing around, I would probably want a motherboard where I can add a bit of RAM later if possible.
I've been over the HCL dozens of times as well as going through the Whiteboxes and can't seem to find a Micro-ATX / ATX DDR3 compatible motherboard (that costs under $150.)

Any of you guys know anything? I'm not too worried about size anymore, I'd be willing to get an ATX board if it meant being able to upgrade the RAM, I'd just want a case that's kind of out of the way...

I'd like to be able to host a home fileserver and stuff on it, as well as using ESXi for other small projects (as well as learning how ESXi works)

It would primarily be running a Server 2003 / 2008 R2, with a few Linux VMs in the mix as well. I'd like to start off with 4 GB and work from there, or 8GB if the price allows it.
I'd like to stay at the $300 range though.
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post #7 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by chris062689;12238613 
I'm not too worried about size anymore, I'd be willing to get an ATX board if it meant being able to upgrade the RAM, I'd just want a case that's kind of out of the way...
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Originally Posted by chris062689;12238613 
I'd like to be able to host a home fileserver and stuff on it, as well as using ESXi for other small projects (as well as learning how ESXi works)

It would primarily be running a Server 2003 / 2008 R2, with a few Linux VMs in the mix as well. I'd like to start off with 4 GB and work from there, or 8GB if the price allows it.
I'd like to stay at the $300 range though.

Any reason you want to stick to AMD? I'm seeing a lot more Intel motherboards on the whitelist as opposed to AMD and a cheapie Celeron E3400 should work just as well.
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post #8 of 23
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I just figured AMD would be cheaper. I have no preference.
If I did go Intel, there probably would be a higher chance of getting a motherboard that had a working onboard NIC right?
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post #9 of 23
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I just need a motherboard to fit... bruce.gif
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post #10 of 23
That price point is tricky, as server tech tends to be pricy.

Have you looked around Craigslist? Old Dell/HP servers tend to be well supported. Even if the CPU's aren't quad core, a dual processor, single or dual core with +4-8GB RAM would be an excellent learning experience. Plus it could get you nicer 10k or 15k RPM drives, and let you play with arrays in a real server.
Edited by trueg50 - 2/3/11 at 8:52am
    
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