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post #11 of 23
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Well I'm not really looking for a server motherboard. I'm just looking for a motherboard that can run ESXi (it doesn't have to be an officially listed compatible hardware, just as long as it runs it)

I can always pick up a Intel PCI card as those seem to usually be what's not working, I'm just talking about everything else.
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post #12 of 23
That's the thing though. In order for ESXi to install - you need to have compatible hardware. ESXi will not install if the storage controller and network card are not supported.
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I understand that, which is why I'm asking about motherboards around that price range. Perhaps I should go with a motherboard that has DDR2 ram so I know it's a HCL motherboard? Problem is, DDR2 is so expensive now... sad-smiley-002.gif
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I bought a used Asus P6T and a Xeon W3503 (2C/4T CPU) for ~$200. Bought an Intel PRO Gigabit adapter for $20 and the RAM is still DDR3. While over kill for a test/play server it fits the bill well and I can get plenty of life out of it by just changing the CPU around. This is assuming you just want a single drive in the box, otherwise you will need an add-on controller for RAID, etc. IIRC.

I tried looking for an old Dell Poweredge server but the cost was too high by the time I outfitted them with hard drives, more RAM (DDR or DDR2 ECC), etc.
    
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Originally Posted by chris062689;12254898 
I understand that, which is why I'm asking about motherboards around that price range. Perhaps I should go with a motherboard that has DDR2 ram so I know it's a HCL motherboard? Problem is, DDR2 is so expensive now... sad-smiley-002.gif

Way I see it, you have two choices:

DDR3 MB HCL: $150
4GB DDR3: $40

DDR2 MB HCL: $50
4GB DDR2: $60

I dunno about you, but to me, the choice is obvious (assuming you don't plan on upgrading down the line)...
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Originally Posted by Peanuthead;12259825 
I bought a used Asus P6T and a Xeon W3503 (2C/4T CPU) for ~$200. Bought an Intel PRO Gigabit adapter for $20 and the RAM is still DDR3. While over kill for a test/play server it fits the bill well and I can get plenty of life out of it by just changing the CPU around. This is assuming you just want a single drive in the box, otherwise you will need an add-on controller for RAID, etc. IIRC.

I tried looking for an old Dell Poweredge server but the cost was too high by the time I outfitted them with hard drives, more RAM (DDR or DDR2 ECC), etc.

You should be fine with throwing in as many drives as you would like. You might just have to format and configure them as new volumes for the ESXi install, but that is about it.
    
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post #17 of 23
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Well, I was able to find this:
http://www.vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2259
Says it's compatible with ESXi 4

It fits by budget, any last minute tweaks? thinking.gif
I would be able to upgrade to 8GB down the road, which is nice.

Total comes right out at $302.

[EDIT: Just realized apparently it requires a Intel NIC PCI card, back to the drawing board I guess]
Edited by chris062689 - 2/4/11 at 6:21pm
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post #18 of 23
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All right, think I got it. thumb.gif

http://www.vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1743&hilit=DG43GT
Total comes to about $320, but it's whatever.
I just want to make sure I'll be able to run ESXi 4, and 64-bit OS Guests.
Thanks guys! wheee.gif
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post #19 of 23
Doesn't ESXi require hardware virtualisation? If so you're looking at a C2D E6xxx (not Pentium E6xxx) or E8xxx, or C2Q Q6xxx or Q9xxx, or an i5 or i7 CPU if you go Intel. The Pentium, Celeron and i3 lines don't support it.

All the AMD lines do though, so if you switch to an AMD board you *may* save a little money on a low-end box, but switching out your CPU would be easier...
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Originally Posted by the_beast;12269689 
Doesn't ESXi require hardware virtualisation? If so you're looking at a C2D E6xxx (not Pentium E6xxx) or E8xxx, or C2Q Q6xxx or Q9xxx, or an i5 or i7 CPU if you go Intel. The Pentium, Celeron and i3 lines don't support it.

All the AMD lines do though, so if you switch to an AMD board you *may* save a little money on a low-end box, but switching out your CPU would be easier...

In newegg the description says it has it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348
Virtualization Technology Support Yes
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