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November 25, 2009 2:08:53 PM

I would like to build a system running VmWare ESXi hosting 4-6 virtual machines. Do I need a dual processor mobo? Should I go with 1366/i7 since they have hyperthreading? If I get a dual processor mobo do I have to fill both slots or can I start with just one CPU?
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November 25, 2009 3:39:55 PM

Did you visit communities.vmware.com? Most desktop motherboards require additional Intel or Broadcom NICs, the on-board RAID doesn't work (a supported RAID controller might be required), etc. It's best to use a server board that's been successfully tested with ESXi 4.0.

Will your VMs be mostly idle? If so, then a Quad Core CPU is fine. I run a few VMs and the bottleneck rarely is the CPU or memory. For me, hard disks are the main bottleneck.
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