I want to set up an ESXi home lab to run a couple of Windows and/or Ubuntu VMs. Budget is up to £200 for the CPU. Can anyone recommend a decent CPU within that budget which will work well with ESXi? Would a Ryzen 2700X be a good choice, or would something with on board GPU be a better choice?
As advice I tell you, the first thing you need to know is which version of ESXi you want to install in your Lab, then you have to check which hardware is compatible with that version, and finally you can search it on eBay among the disused servers in the "Servers Farm ", I did this and paid much less. You could also stay in your £200
No problem, "Server Farms" are those structures that provide hostind services to users, e.g. Aruba, etc ...
These companies often change servers with other newer models and put them up for sale at much lower prices.
You can find them on eBay.
I would say Ryzen family CPU is a good value for money and a good choice if you a need a quiet home lab and require less than 64 GB of RAM. Thats more than enough RAM for a couple of VMs
You can get a graphics card simillar to builtin for less then 30-50 pounds.
If you need more RAM than 64 GB and are willing to put up with the noice, then as suggested there are good used rack servers deals on ebay.
PS Personally I have 2600 Ryzen with 64 GB, running ESXi 6.7 without any problems.
I think I'll need 32GB RAM at the most I usually only have 2 running at a time, each using 8GB.
Are there any issues booting ESXi if there are no on-board graphics - i.e. will the auxiliary graphics adapter be detected by ESXi during the boot process so that startup can be monitored?
maybe graphics output is a little bit delayed at startup. Other from that, no issues.
Lot of people are using these CPUs and additional graphics card just as an ordianary desktop without any problems, there is no ESXi specifics in that.
I am running esxi 7.0 on an AMD FX-4350 - no issues at all.
I'm looking to build another server. Anyone know if any of the Ryzen CPUs will run esxi 7.0?
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 4-Core 3.6GHz