RAM: 6 * 8 GB DDR3 Kingston ValueRAM 1066MHz CL7 (~530€) Can't figure out whether it's ECC or not but the motherboard supports both according to Asus.
This would give me support for Hyperthreading and 64 bit. I'd love to hear any thoughts on my choice of hardware.
Here I am at a loss. I have never tried to setup RAID but I would like to have a mirrored solution. The VMs does not require much space so I am fine with 4TB in RAID 1 and 8TB in RAID 1 is absolutely enough for starters.
I have been told that with modern motherboards RAID on SATA is about just as good as SCSI. Should I just connect the HDs to the motherboard or is it better with some external solution like a NAS? Is there any special requirements for the disk in order for them to run the VMs optimal? Do they support VMwares own FS and is it advisable to use this over regular FAT/EXT (or whatever the default is). Which disks would you recommend that I use?
The Asus board have 2 x 1GB NICs which I guess is good enough. My network consist of only 2 physical machines - the VMware server and my workstation, a switch and a WAN router. Should I take anything special into consideration reagarding network?
Kind of hard to figure out which license to buy from the VMware website. From what I understand I can make due with the "VMware vSphere Essentials Kit" which for my country is roughly 400€. This gives me a license for "vSphere License for 3 Dual-CPU servers & vCenter Server for Essential". This would cover my single dual-CPU server which have 4 cores each. Would you agree that this is the right choice or me?