We want some advise about new hardware; we need a classroom for vocational IT students with computers which meet the specs for ESX 4.
What do you think about the Intel DP67BG motherboard with i7? 8 or 16 gigs of RAM; this depends on the price of RAM. But which brand or RAM?
More advise? I don't see the i7 in the Compatibility Guide...
Well, ESX is a server product, so only server CPUs are listed in the Compatibility Guide, while i7 is a desktop CPU.
It is possible to run ESX on systems that are not in the Compatibility Guide, but you won't get support by VMware if it's not running.
So, you should only buy parts that are certified by VMware.
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Why dont you but a decent branded server with your required specs instead of a computer, since you want to install ESX/ESXi
Server also come with onboard USB drives on which you can install VMware ESXi
We need computers for a classroom and for 20 weeks a year, 6 hours a week, we need the 25 computers for virtualisation-lessons. So, we need PC's with meet the specs of VMWare but we can't buy 25 servers...
to hardware non-server you can check compatibility in http://ultimatewhitebox.com/
to hardware server you check in http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http://ww...
A desktop machine with 16GB RAM would make an excellent platform for VMware Workstation. Workstation supports running ESX(i) as a guest. With 16GB of RAM you would be able to run several ESX(i) guests hosting their own virtual guests as well as vCenter and shared storage. You can simulate a Datacenter all within one box and you can see the whole process. The only downside is that the hosted ESX(i) can only host 32Bit VMs.