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    [Build Help] Backup ESXI Host

    Hi peoples

    I have been asked by my boss to put together a PC good enough to run our environment should the worst happen and our host have a hardware failure. I should just add that at the moment we aren't running or virtual servers in the best practice environment. We essentially have all our eggs in one basket. Having said that, the hardware is very new.

    What I want is a PC fairly easy to transport, with a decent enough spec to just restore a backup (veeam) and swap into our environment if the worst should happen. Now we spent a lot of money on our host, so obviously we wouldn't experience similar speeds.
    Please could you help me put together a spec that would be feasible for this. There are a couple of proviso's.

    Budget: Hopefully this build will cost around the £1500 > £2000 mark.

    RAM: It must have 64GB of usable ram.
    STORAGE: It must have at least 2TB.
    I've had a go at a spec obtained from other articles:
    MOBO - £180.50 - Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4
    Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 Socket 2011 7.1-channel ATX.. | Ebuyer.com
    CPU - £422.10 - Intel Core i7 4930K 3.40GHZ
    Intel Core i7 4930K 3.40GHZ Socket 2011 12MB Cache.. | Ebuyer.com
    CPU COOLER - £84.99 - Corsair Hydro Series H100i
    Corsair Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Liquid.. | Ebuyer.com
    MEMORY - £655.56 - Corsair 64GB DDR3 2133MHz
    DDR3 2133MHz 64GB 8 x 8GB DIMM Unbuffered 9-11-11-31.. | Ebuyer.com
    STORAGE - £104.91
    WD Black 2 TB SATA 6 Gb/s 3.5-inch Internal Desktop.. | Ebuyer.com
    GPU - £82.98 - EVGA GTX 650 2GB
    EVGA GTX 650 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI DisplayPort.. | Ebuyer.com
    PSU - £69.99 - Corsair CXM 750W
    Corsair CXM 750W Semi Modular 80+ Bronze Power Supply | Ebuyer.com
    CASE - £87.99 - Fractal Design Case Define R4
    Fractal Design Case Define R4 Titanium Grey Usb3 Window | Ebuyer.com
    Total: £1,689.02
    Is there anything big I've missed out?

    Should I be doing a RAID 10 on 2 or 3 HDD's to improve speeds and redundancy?
    Am I massively overspending anywhere? (Graphics card excluded as I will be looking at alternatives for this)
    Thanks in advance.

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    Get HP bid pricing on an ML350... should come in at around that sort of figure, plus it's HP!

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    "Host" singular? *winces*

    I concur with the underpanted feline, buy a HP that'll run the environment sufficiently well for disaster recovery purposes while you wait on a supplier to drop ship a replacement for the main host. DR isn't an area where you want to build it yourself - too much chance of a RGE.

    If you gave some figures as to what you're running (number of VMs, type of workload) you'll get better advice.

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    We run terminal servers for 40 clients
    We run a digital dictation VM
    We run a VM for spiceworks
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    This used to be done over 5 servers but was condensed into one

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    @ICTDirect_Dave specced us up some truly ludicrous servers for VM use. You'll get some lovely redundancy features like dual PSUs etc, should be within your budget. They'll be rack mount, but they're not especially awkward to fit, especially 1 or 2U.

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    Looking at the cost there wouldnt a HPZ800 workstation be more suitable and cheaper from @ICTDirect_Dave

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    @3s-gtech You beat me to it

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    Just tried posting a reply but phone playing silly buggers. I'm on holiday till weds bit z800 will be perfect for this role. Couple of hex cores ninety six gig of ram etc. Should be less than twelve hundred quid
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    Don't build your own. Just get a £2k server from someone like Dell with a 5 year warranty and sit back happy and reliable.



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