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    Server for running VMWare ESXi / Sphere

    OK I got two spare machine home now.

    1) Proliant 40L microserver with a 1tb and 250gb HDD. 8gig ram.
    Turion II Dual core (1.5ghz)

    2) Emachines EL1850-UR12P, Pentium Dualcore 5800 3.2ghz, 8gb ram. 120gb SSD.


    I'm thinking of seeting up ESXi just to play around and learn other besides windows 7. (windows server, MAC OS, Linux distros.. etc..)

    which machine do you guys recommend for the task?
    Last edited by rimmerchant; 04-03-2012 at 12:19 PM.
    C2D Q6600 @ 3.2 ghz, Enermax Liberty 620watt PSU, Gigabyte GA-965PDS3 mobo, 4x2gb OCZ DDR2 800mhz, 2x OCZ vertex 60gb Raid0 + 1TB + 320gb HD, SB Xi-Fi Extreme Gamer, 16x DVDRW Liteon, Logitech Cordless MX3100 desktop w MX1000 mouse + G9 laser mouse, Logitech cordless rumblepad 2, Sennheiser HDR100 wireless headset, ATI Remote Wonder II, Logitech QuickCamPro 9000, Eyefinity Triple 24" Widescrn LCD + ATI 5870, Win 7 ultimate

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    Keep in mind you can't run Mac OSX in a VM.

    Other than that, either would be fine for an ESXi learning box. Neither one will be fast. Both of those CPU's and platforms pre-date a lot of the hardware acceleration currently available for hypervisors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Keep in mind you can't run Mac OSX in a VM.

    Other than that, either would be fine for an ESXi learning box. Neither one will be fast. Both of those CPU's and platforms pre-date a lot of the hardware acceleration currently available for hypervisors.
    what is a good platform for hypervisor usage to run multiple VM?

    I can always resell both to get something better. as both are practically brand new and not in use.
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    Right now? E3 single socket platforms make excellent VM hosts. Extremely power efficient and powerful. Great if you are playing around, or if you have a small farm of hosts for VM's.

    If you decide to stick with what you have, use a kill-a-watt or similar product and find out which is more power efficient. That will be your platform of choice.

    ~$600 for innards, not including storage (ESXi you can boot from thumb and keep VM images on a SAN/NAS solution) and an enclosure/PSU.
    Last edited by James; 04-03-2012 at 01:58 PM.

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