Dubgf
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A customer of mine had 2 other companies doing Vmware consultancy services for them, hte customer has now asked me to help with what was originally installed.

There is currently 2 ESX 3.5 U2 servers in place, with different hardware. Server A is a HP DL380 G5 with 2quad Core E5420 2.5GHz processors, Server B is a Dell Poweredge III 2950 with 2Quad Core L5335 2Ghz Processors. I am proposing creating a HA/DRS cluster using both servers. I have checked the Vmotion compatibility matrix and the processors seem to be ok.

Are clusters with different hardware vendors a common thing in ESX?

Any input greatly appreciated

Thanks,

Gary

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It'll work just fine - the cluster Vmware themselves used for the DRS VmMark was from mixed vendors.

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Rockapot
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I would not say they are "common" place as most VM implementations are built with same spec servers however I am sure companies are using clusters with mixed servers in some instances.

Carl

dkfbp
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Hi,

I don't think it is that common between vendors. But probably pretty common between the same vendor but with different servers.

I would go for it. If vmotion works be happy Smiley Happy

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Frank Brix Pedersen

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I agree . it's not very common but still supported. We do all our clusters on the same hardware


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Lars Liljeroth

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It'll work just fine - the cluster Vmware themselves used for the DRS VmMark was from mixed vendors.

If this post has been useful , please consider awarding points. @chrisdearden http://jfvi.co.uk http://vsoup.net
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Dubgf
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Thanks to everyone for the replies, points awarded...

In relation to licensing, 1 of the boxes (the HP one) has enterprise license in use, and the Dell box has foundation license installed (host based I think), can the foundation license be "upgraded" to enterprise license?

Thanks again,

Gary

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TomHowarth
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As long as the vMotion CPUID matrix is fine then you should be OK. vMotion checks only for CPU compatibility in terms of features. it is hardware agnostic.

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