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    Test box for VM's

    I'm looking to buy a budget PC for testing VM's on so it needs to be able to run Xenserver. Reliability isn't a massive factor as it's only going to be for testing price is as per usual a factor.

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    Quad Core processor (with virtualization extensions)
    4Gb+ RAM
    A couple of SATA drives the bigger the better
    1Gb NIC

    Have I missed anything?

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    Looks good to me, maybe worth looking for the baby HP Proliant ML servers they have that kind of spec and if you get it right it will be a couple of hundred quid once you have 4GB'd the ram (they take 8 off the top of my head)

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    I was just looking at one of them earlier, more shopping tomorrow I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    I was just looking at one of them earlier, more shopping tomorrow I think
    I love mine, its on my desk at work acting as a 3rd DC for work at present due to one of ours being a bit flaky over summer. I paid £122 for it then upped the ram from 1GB to 4 for about £36 I think it was and its great

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    Ahh this is what I've done...kinda. I found an old PowerEdge 2600 on eBay last week... £59, got my dad to pick it up on a pallet from London for me (he's in that industry so got "family rates" )...

    It's a tidy little machine for the money, 2x2GHz Xeons, 2GB RAM, 3x36GB SCSIs and a Win 2000 Adv Server COA stuck to the side

    I love it, it looks so cute in my cupboard running ESX 3.5i, and I'm in the process of buying more HDD and RAM for it

    If it's old servers you're looking at to tinker with, have a look for the user "stuffusell" on eBay. That's where I got mine, and to be fair their service is fantastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Looks good to me, maybe worth looking for the baby HP Proliant ML servers they have that kind of spec and if you get it right it will be a couple of hundred quid once you have 4GB'd the ram (they take 8 off the top of my head)
    I second this. I got mine for 200 and still consider it a bargain.

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    I missed the boat when the HPs were at £120.

    Little bit pricey now, altho not as pricey as 6 core opterons which is what i'd really like for a home host.

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    @ john
    I love mine, its on my desk at work acting as a 3rd DC for work at present due to one of ours being a bit flaky over summer. I paid £122 for it then upped the ram from 1GB to 4 for about £36 I think it was and its great
    What processor has it got in john? I need one that will allow Xenserver to run Windows VMs? (Intel VT or AMD-V)

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    Ahh this is what I've done...kinda. I found an old PowerEdge 2600 on eBay last week... £59, got my dad to pick it up on a pallet from London for me (he's in that industry so got "family rates" )...

    It's a tidy little machine for the money, 2x2GHz Xeons, 2GB RAM, 3x36GB SCSIs and a Win 2000 Adv Server COA stuck to the side

    I have two of them in my server room but I'm not sure they will run Xenserver with Windows VMs as I don't think they have Intel VT or AMD-V. Maybe i'll take a look.
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    Xenserver considered superior to VM ESX then?

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    Xenserver considered superior to VM ESX then?
    Xenserver has some good features and is free, we also currently use Xenserver on our production network so that's why I need a test box that will run Xenserver.

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    @cookie its got an Intel Xeon 3065 which runs at 2.33GHz, so its a dual core Xeon, I've had it now maybe 6 months or so I think. It does all my needs very well.

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    Look at the ML115 G5, Cheap, Quad CPU - Opteron 1352 2.1, AMD-V. Supported NIC already inside. HDD works without RAID. I did install Xen 5 on it when testing, seemed to work ok. Memory isn't too expensive either.

    Will also work with Hyper-V, ESXi 3.5/4.

    It's not quite good enough for a full production server (apart from home use, as I use it) as there is no RAID, hotswap etc.

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    I have a DELL Poweredge T105, works well with ESX4i

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    @ DMcCoy and john

    Look at the ML115 G5, Cheap, Quad CPU - Opteron 1352 2.1, AMD-V. Supported NIC already inside. HDD works without RAID. I did install Xen 5 on it when testing, seemed to work ok. Memory isn't too expensive either.
    Just been looking at that a ML115

    This link seems to confirm what you say
    Installing VMware ESX and ESXi 3.5 on an HP Proliant ML115 G5 Quad Core. | TechHead.co.uk

    and there's one here

    HP ML115 'Ideal Virtualisation Testbed' Bundle | ServersPlus

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    The 110T NIC on that page also works if you want a second card. It's really an intel with custom firmware (works with ESXi and Xen)

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