Hello! It's been a minute since I last posted here with my own topic. I now have a dedicated ESXi server in the works, and am planning to start using it 24/7 by the end of this year. Here are the specs for the hardware:
CSE :: HPE ProLiant DL580 G7
CPU :: 4x Intel Xeon E7-8870's (10c/20t each; 40c/80t total)
RAM :: 64GB (16x4GB) DDR3-1333 PC3-10600R ECC
STR :: 1x HP 518216-002 146GB HDD (ESXi, VMware Linux Appliance, System ISOs) +
1x Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SATA SSD (vSphere Flash Read Cache) +
4x HP 507127-B21 300GB HDDs +
1x 500GB Seagate Video ST500VT003 HDD (Remote Development VM)
1x LSI SAS 9201-16e HBA SAS card (4-HDD DAS) +
4x HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs +
1x Rosewill RASA-11001 (4x 3.5in HDD cage)
NIC :: 1x SolarFlare SFN5322F +
Parts marked with * have not been purchased/sourced yet. Those marked with ** are already in-house, but require further planning/modification before they can be added to the server.
Here is the current software configuration plan for the server:
VMware Linux Appliance (for managing/monitoring ESXi 6.5)
Temporary/Test VM (for when I want to host a temporary role/application, without impacting mission-critical infrastructure)
* Temporary task that will be replaced by a permanent, self-hosted solution
** Can benefit from port forwarding, but will be primarily tunnel-bound
^ Tunnel-bound (VPN/SSH) role - not port forwarded/exposed to the Internet
+ Active Directory enabled - Single Sign On (SSO)
Here is the current resource allocation plan for the server:
- VMware nix Appliance :: 24/7 - true, dedicatedHDD - false, dedicatedGPU - false, 2c/4t + 4GB
- Temporary/Testing VM :: 24/7 - false, dedicatedHDD - false, dedicatedGPU - true, 12c/24t + 20-24GB *
- Windows Server 2016 :: 24/7 - true, dedicatedHDD - true, dedicatedGPU - false, 8c/16t + 12-16GB
- macOS Server 10.14.X :: 24/7 - true, dedicatedHDD - true, dedicatedGPU - true, 8c/16t + 12GB
- Artix Linux - Xfce ISO :: 24/7 - true, dedicatedHDD - true, dedicatedGPU - false, 8c/16t + 12GB
- Windows 10 Enterprise :: 24/7 - false, dedicatedHDD - true, dedicatedGPU - true, 12c/24t + 20-24GB *
- Remote Development VM :: 24/7 - false, dedicatedHDD - true, dedicatedGPU - true, 12c/24t + 20-24GB *
VMs marked with an * cannot be run at the same time. Only one of them can ever run at any given moment. MacOS and Linux would have gotten a Radeon/FirePro (ie., Rx Vega 64), for best compatibility and stability, but market forces have prevented this. Windows 10 gets the Creative Audigy Rx. The MacOS and Linux VMs get whatever audio the Tesla K10's provide (either that or a software solution). Windows 10, Remote Development, and the Temp/Testing VM will be put to sleep (or offed) until they are needed (Wake on LAN), since they don't host any essential services.
There are three other mirrors for this project, in case you're interested in following individual conversations from the other sites (in addition to this thread).
P.S. Out of all the sites that I've ever used, this forum has one of the best WYSIWYG editors I've used in a while Kudos to the devs!
Message was edited by: TopHat Productions115 Changes to SAS HDD choice(s), due to compatibility and noise levels