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Hardware Thread, What to look for when purchasing a Server for ESXi in Technical; Originally Posted by Duke Lots of RAM, lots of NICs, decent CPUs specced to your processing requirements, no internal HDDs, ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    Lots of RAM, lots of NICs, decent CPUs specced to your processing requirements, no internal HDDs, SD card for ESXi, VM storage on a SAN/NAS.

    DELL R710
    2x L5520 @ 2.26GHZ/8MB
    48GB DDR3 (12X4GB) 1066MHZ
    DUAL GIG ENET/4PORT
    NO CONTROLLER, DRIVES OR OS
    INTERNAL 1GB SD
    INTEL GIGABIT ET QUAD PCI-E CARD
    2x HIGH OUTPUT REDUNDANT PSU 870W
    SLIDING READY RAILS W/OUT ARM
    3YR SUPPORT

    Always check the VMware HCL before buying.

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    Can you let me know what you are running on this setup ? How many VMs etc - would appreciate it.

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    It is unfortunately on the 'to buy' list rather than the 'already bought' list. We spent a very long time calculating server requirements and two of those host servers should virtualise the vast majority of the 22 physical servers on our network (DC's, ISA, WSUS, AV, print, SIMS... all the usual stuff for a big school). For now I'd be leaving the Exchange and SQL servers as physical until I saw how the SAN copes with IO requirements (should be fine), and I'd actually buy 3 R710's so I had failover.

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    We are on a much smaller scale !!
    I'm looking to [ at the moment ] virtualize:

    2 x 2003 servers DCs [ one just running as a DC and WSUS ] the other is our main Application Server
    1 x 2003 member server which is just running Spiceworks and Junior Librarian
    1 x ubuntu [ LAMP ] server which is running a MYSQL database of all our software and hardware
    1 x 2003 server [ Not on Domain ] - running SQL server for the in house written MIS and Reports writing system

    I installed and setup last summer our Hitachi SMS 100 SAN with the plans of using it for VMs in the future [ Server 2008 etc ] I am not sure if I will be virtualizing our current crop of kit or just moving straight to 2008 and Windows 7. Everything is still early planning but what I would like is to get the order in for the VM server now to avoid the VAT increase.

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