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January 5, 2013 1:58:41 AM

Im looking to learn more about servers, rather than build several different machines i figured i could use esxi and learn about that too.

the problem is that i dont really know too much about esxi or what it requires, i pretty much know nothing about it.

Ive built machines before so im a little familiar with hardware, i just want to make sure i get the right equipment

not sure on the motherboard or the processor needed. I want to run it in a mini itx box if possible and in raid 5 so i need a mobo with at least 4 sata ports and i figure the psu will be about 400 to 500w

the hard drives will be expensive i know, newegg has a deal on 2 tb wd reds for 100 so i plan on getting 3 of those

besides that i would like to spend the least amount on the other hardware, ive already selected the case and the ram, the psu will just be a gold certified psu

the main part i need help on is the mobo and processor unless im headed in the wrong direction

and can the raid be supported by the mobo or esxi or do i need a raid card?

thanks for the help

this is the hardware ive chosen so far

bitfenix mini itx case, white and black are sold out
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8gb pny ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3 x wd red 2 tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

your help is appreciated.

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January 5, 2013 2:41:12 AM

I had to google what esxi is

But Ok you want to use VMware and run a number of virtual machines .
Rule of thumb is one processor core per VM , that way theres should always be hardware resources available

You are going to need an Intel socket 1155 i5 or i7 processor .Check the model you choose supports virtualisation in hardware . Intels cheaper models sometimes dont .
Socket 1155 mini-ITX motherboard . And you will be [sensibly] limited to a host OS and 3 VM's
Your RAM should be rated 1.5 volt or less . That pny looks pretty average . Ideally use lower latency cl 7 0r 8
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January 5, 2013 2:51:34 AM

Which RAID controller did you plan on buying? Will you buy a motherboard with supported LAN controllers or will you install an Intel NIC? I'd install 16GB as it won't cost that much more.

Good reading for you:
http://forums.vr-zone.com/project-logs/1810564-miniitx-...
http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=22483....
http://brycv.com/blog/2012/the-case-for-thin-mini-itx-a...

You should buy a CPU and motherboard that support Vt-d (Intel) or IOMMU (AMD). It probably is easier to build an Intel based ESXi server.
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January 5, 2013 2:54:22 AM

Outlander_04 said:
I had to google what esxi is

But Ok you want to use VMware and run a number of virtual machines .
Rule of thumb is one processor core per VM , that way theres should always be hardware resources available

You are going to need an Intel socket 1155 i5 or i7 processor .Check the model you choose supports virtualisation in hardware . Intels cheaper models sometimes dont .
Socket 1155 mini-ITX motherboard . And you will be [sensibly] limited to a host OS and 3 VM's
Your RAM should be rated 1.5 volt or less . That pny looks pretty average . Ideally use lower latency cl 7 0r 8

I don't know how familiar you are with virtualization, but I run up to 8 VMs on a Quad with 16GB of memory. Memory is the limiting factor in a test environment, not the number of CPU cores.
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January 5, 2013 3:17:23 AM

GhislainG said:
I don't know how familiar you are with virtualization, but I run up to 8 VMs on a Quad with 16GB of memory. Memory is the limiting factor in a test environment, not the number of CPU cores.



Im no where near an expert on VM's , and havent seen any personal use for them , but that riule of thumb seems reasonable .
Sure you could run more VM's than you have cores available , but if they are competing for hardware resources then things will slow down
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January 5, 2013 11:45:28 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Im no where near an expert on VM's , and havent seen any personal use for them , but that riule of thumb seems reasonable .
Sure you could run more VM's than you have cores available , but if they are competing for hardware resources then things will slow down

The OP will use it to learn various OS; none of the VMs will be very busy. A couple of my VMs can at times be quite busy because of what I use them for and disk I/O is the main bottleneck. I plan on building a new one that supports VT-d and is more efficient. Since I'm not limited to a mini-ITX motherboard, I'll probably buy an Intel DQ77MK motherboard, an Intel i5-3470 (vPro, VT-x, VT-d) and 16GB or 32GB of memory. It will be plenty fast for my requirements and I'm absolutely sure that it will run ESXi.
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