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New VMware ESXi build

Last response: in Business Computing
December 22, 2012 10:07:04 PM

Purpose: Home use - development & testing using VMware ESXi 5 w/ 8 vms.

4x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1x Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM

1x SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1333

1x Wintec 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ECC Registered Server Memory Model

1x Noctua NH-U9DO A3 AMD Opteron, 4 Dual Heat-pipe SSO Bearing Quiet CPU Cooler

1x AMD Opteron 6234 Interlagos 2.4GHz Socket G34 115W 12-Core Server Processor OS6234WKTCGGUWOF

1x SIIG Model CB-S20011-S1 2.46 ft. (75cm) Internal mini-SAS SFF-8087 to 4 x SATA Fanout Cable

ALREADY Purchased:
1x Cooler master COSMOS 1000

1x Intel RAID Controller Card SATA/SAS PCI-E x8 8internal ports

1x Corsair Professional Series HX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX750)

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December 23, 2012 12:22:15 AM

As long as everything is listed on the ESXi HCL then I can't see too many issues.

The only suggestion is that as you're using large capacity SATA drives you might want to look at increasing the quantity and RAID6 them if the controller supports that, though as it's for lab use it's probably overkill.
December 23, 2012 2:52:47 PM

The RAID controller you have selected here is a software-RAID solution. I'd suggest looking into a hardware RAID controller with onboard cache. This can greatly improve reliability and performance.

Finding a compatible RAID controller is pretty critical for getting your ESXi setup running just right. Even in a custom system I've tended to go with the HP P410 SmartArray SAS RAID controller because I know they are compatible with the custom image for ESXi provided by HP. I picked up a P410/512MB with FBWC from Amazon recently for $300 which was a great deal.
December 23, 2012 6:05:20 PM

Thank you for pointing this out. I'm returning the current raid card.

Amazon had only 1 P410/512MB in stock. I got it $288 + s&h. I love the fact this card comes with a battery backup. Thank you for your input!!