As a new user I can understand how difficult it can be to find documentation on this site. Try this link. It will take you to the general HCLs, there, you can filter by VMWare 'Product'. Once you find the appropriate HCL, use it as a guide (or bible) for acquiring supported hardware:
You may also want to read through the "Guest Operating System Installation Guide" under the OS you plan to install. This guide will tell you about driver compatibility issues you may run into:
I've found that 'most' of the information is there. VMWare's documentation is very deep, but unfortunately not well structured for the novice user.
Hope this helps.
For a low end test lab, this is one of my servers. I was shocked that it actually worked, but it does..
EVGA 122-CK-NF66-T1 $90 on new egg. Works fine, Recommended Asus P5m2 /sas $300- new egg
My high end test lab has 3 of these servers+ q6600 Quad core cpu's 8GB ram
The asus board has 2 onboard GB nics (which you will need), 8 channel SAS controller. I have 6x500 GB drives hooked up to one of min, works wonders.. Onboard Video (which you need)
Most important with the asus, is 1x pci 32 slot, and 2x pci-x slots (which you will want for more NICS), anda PCE-E slot. I have a 2port GB nic in my PCI-E
For the $300 you get a MBVideo2x NICS + 8 Channel Sata/sas raid controller, in which ESX 2.5- to present see and work good with.
IF you get 2 of any server, get the left hand VSA. The 30 day eval for iscsi.. I know there are free stuff out there, but this one, will prepare you for what you will reallllly see out in the field. Plus the practice of storage migrations..
Hello again !
Thanks for your anwsers.
Just want to let you know I bought a Dell Dimension C521 (AMD 4000+ dual core, 2 gig ram, nvidia chipset) and put an Intel NIC dual port in it and voila !
Everything works ! My sata , my NIC... Only thing I miss is a raid card but it's just a lab so ...
thanks again !
Which model of SATA controller does ESX list the C521 as having?
sorry for the delay.
Right now it's not installed. I'm waiting for my new hard drive (probably this week).
As soon as I reinstalled it, I'll give you the information you need !
2 Questions for any of you
(1) Do you need at least 2 NICS for ESX (v3.5) ?
(2) Problem conceptualising IP allocation - If a farm consists of 3 virtual servers each with it's own IP, then each guest must have it's own NIC..true ?
Actually only 1 Nic is needed. On mine, i have 12 VM's on 1 server. the EVGA mb. Works. BUT during high network traffic, (acronis imaging, or Backup exec type activities.) you can tell.
But in a test environment, only 1 nic is needed. (1 nic, consolevirtual networkvmotion) easily. Iscsi, / high network activity will impact it..
2nd question- not at all.
you give the ip to the Console (IE the server). Using default install, it creates a VM network on that same NIC.
Each guest you give ip, in my case 12 of them,- They plug into the VM network, which is hooked up to the LAN. So in essense, traffice from vm to vm, is lightening fast, but from vm's on that host, to physical servers / other vm's on other ESX host's. That 1 nic handles the entire load of whatever servers need access.
Best way to get a judge of what all it is doing, is go to VEEAM and download their monitor tool, or get ESX charter. That way you can get much better idea on what kind of network/disk/cpu/mem activity that is happening on your ESX hosts.
Guest Server A has 184.108.40.206
Guest Server B has 220.127.116.11
Host Server Public 18.104.22.168
Assume that there are Quad NIC, 1 Spare, 1 console 1 Host & 1 for all Guests
How does a Router\Switch route packets for seperate IPs to the Same Physical NIC ?
2x for console+Vmnetwork (which includes the host and all guests)
1x dedicated for secondary console/Vmotion
1x as spare, or for DMZ network, or whatever.
With 3.x i havent had the need or really seen the need for a dedicated Console. Except for a very HA / Paranoid environment.
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Your website specified Dell XPS M1710, which I currently use but install ESX 3.0.2 using WMware Workstation 6.0 method for labs. I'm wondering you install ESX 3.0.2/3.5 on a bare metal or using WS 6.0 ? I remembered I've loaded ESX 3.0.2 disks in and can't intall from it gives me error but have to try again to see what message....so I didn't try it than but only using Workstation 6.0 method plus more use with Windows XP for other purposes gaming for instance!
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Dave, here's your anwser : MCP51 Serial ATA Controller
I tried 3i on bare metal booting from a USB flash drive. Seemed to work Ok and I would think 3.5 would be fine on it as well. It's my work PC so I'm back to a more "productive" OS and waiting for an update to VMware Worktationstation so that it won't crash when starting a VM on a 3.5 / 3i VM.