danw76
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ESXi hardware compatibility

I am in the process of building a server and have heard that ESXi has problems with some hardware.  I have tried using the vmware search page where you can look up your components to see if they have been tested before, but it returns no results with my component entries. What components of a server setup could it not be compatible with:

- HDD/SSD that ESXi is installed on?

- HDD's that virtual machines are installed on?

- Motherboard?

- CPU?

- Memory?

Here's a list of my components:

-Motherboard: Asus Dual Socket G34 AMD Opteron KGPE-D16

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-kgpe-d16-amd-sr5690-2x-sg34-%28lga-1944%29-rimm-1066-1333-sata-3...

-CPU: AMD Opteron 6272 16 Core Processor without fan

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-opteron-6272-interlagos-16-core-s-g34-%28lga-1944%29-clock-speed-...

-Memory: Hynix Server Memory, 16Gb DDR3 PC3-10600 (1333MHz), 240 Pins, ECC, Registered, CL 9-9-9

Hynix Server Memory, 16Gb DDR3 PC3-10600 (1333MHz), 240 Pins, ECC, Registered, CL 9-9-9 - HMT31GR7B...

-SSD (ESXi will be installed on here): OCZ 60GB Vertex Plus SSD - Solid State Drive

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/60gb-ocz-technology-vertex-plus-ssd-25-sata-ii-3gb-s-mlc-flash-read-1...

-HDD's (VM's will be installed on these): Seagate 1TB SATA 3 Performance Hard Drive OEM ST1000DM003

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-seagate-st1000dm003-barracuda-720014-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-64mb-cach...

-PSU: Corsair HX 1050W Professional Gold 80PLUS® Power Supply

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1050w-corsair-pro-series-hx1050-hybrid-modular-80-plus-gold-90-eff-ep...

Can anyone see any obvious problems with any of the components that I have chosen?  Thanks in advance.

Dan

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weinstein5
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Most common hardware devices where people have probelms are NIC and drive/RAID controller

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danw76
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How picky is ESXi with these types of hardware components?  If I blindly buy HDD's, NIC's and RAID controllers without checking compatibility first, would it be likely that I'd end up buying something that won't work with ESXi?

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weinstein5
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HDD not so much - but definitely NICs and RAID and drive controllers - it does not mean that if it is not on the HCL it will not work it just means that it will take more effort on your part to get it to work and if this is a production environment you might find it difficult to get support from VMware proper -

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danw76
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Ok, thanks for your help.

Dan

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