V4705
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Whitebox as production server and mirror/backup server.

I have 2 *nix servers that act as VoIP and Router, running on i5 branded PCs.

To increase reliability (minimize downtime and recovery time), I planned to move them both to a 1 server-like whitebox (server class raid, lan, redundant psu), running those *nix systems on ESXi (that way I, theoretically, improve hardware and software reliability).

Any suggestions? any tips before I get into it? I have experience with linux\win server and virtualization (not bare metal), would ESXi be "understandable" enough for me if I never learned this software particularly (and my department don't have the budget for the commercial version) ?

Many thanks!

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Datto
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You'll want to use hardware that is on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List -- some of the stuff on the HCL is pretty affordable so putting ESXi 5.0 on a white box may not be as reliable but cost just as much money -- wouldn't make much sense.

Here's the HCL:

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?rct=j&q=vmware%20hcl&source=web&cd=1&ved=0C...

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V4705
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Yes I will build the machine by the HCL, thanks for the link (:

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