I completely agree. For the price (~320 bucks) with Lynnfield CPU, this is a great deal. Getting cheap raid controller, few more gigs of RAM, and a couple of big drives and you have a nice toy to run ESX on. If anyone has pointers on how to boot up / shutdown system using BMC, that would be peachy.
I can confirm that ESXi 4 Update 1 does install on a T110 without the need to customize oem.tgz. Unfortunately, there is still no health/status monitoring for the attached SATA drives.
@caude, are your drives in raid config or just jbod
It's JBOD for now. I'd like to have hardware RAID 10 but the list of supported RAID controllers is pretty small. When/if I buy one I want to make sure ESXi can monitor the RAID status and that is not documented in the hardware compatibility guide.
Can anyone confirm if you have been able to use the VMdirectpath feature with this server? I could not find confirmation that the board chipset supports VT-d.