davfoley
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ESX Hardware compatability

I am building a home lab, and would like to know if the following specifications will work for ESX 3.5 update 3.

MotherBoard - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R P45 775 R

Memory - 2Gx2|OCZ OCZ2RPR10664GK R

Hard Drive - 160G Wetsern Digital 7K 8M SATA2

CPU - INTEL C2Q Q8300 2.5G

Thanks.

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gary1012
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Check it against the HCL.

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davfoley
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Tried that, was hoping that it just wasn't listed.

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gary1012
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It might be best to invest in VMware Workstation and load ESX within a VM.

http://www.virtualization.info/2007/06/tech-how-to-run-esx-server-3-on-vmware.html

http://knowledge.xtravirt.com/white-papers/esx-3x.html

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davfoley
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I was thinking about that, but I need to have bare metal ESX to emulate a produciton environment.

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cpestinger
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This method is outstanding for a home lab. ESX on bare metal is always better if you have user load or if doing performance testing/tuning. If you are not, I am not sure why you list this requirement.

You can always rent a HCL listed server as well. Have done this for demos before. I love it. They may even deliver and pick-up!

cp

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davfoley
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I decided to go with the following. Can someone please cross-reference it for ESX 3 update 3

CPU - Q6600 Quad-core

Motherboard - Intel BOXDQ35JOE

Hard Drive - 1x160 GB 7200 rpm Western Digital SATA

Net Card - Intel PWLA8391GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter

RAM - OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 (8gb) OCZ2RPR10664GK R

Thanks.

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cpestinger
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This link details systems which are supported:

You might want to look at community supported hardware/software:

http://communities-7150

Its a way to get help with unsupported combinations of hardware and software.

You can also just TRY to install it. If it works, you win.

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davfoley
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Thanks, I'll give it a whirl, and post if it works.

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