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Bryce_Stenberg
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AMD Phenom II x6 processor?

Hi,

Just in process of ordering a new desktop machine.

Since in a year or two we will probably be moving our servers to ESXi I thought I would try installing it to my new desktop machine and run my 'pc' in a virtual machine so I can get familiar with the product. I'll also be running up a couple of virtual servers to try out stuff on this machine.

The pc I thought I'd like uses an 'AMD Phenom II X6 1090T' processor (nice price versus performance with 6 cores) but I can't find if this will work with ESX.

Does anyone know?

Or is it a bad idea to use ESX on ones desktop?

Thanks, Bryce.

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weinstein5
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Thanks Anton - that is correct!

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AntonVZhbankov
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It will work. The main problem to run ESX/ESXi on desktop is to find supported NIC and RAID.


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I have buit whiteboxes in the past with the phenum II x4 that are working great. Basically you need a supported network adapter (like intel e1000) and supported raid/ide/sata/sas adapter (or motherboard.)

I currently am building a esxi whitebox using the (Thuban) x6 Phenum II

processor (1090T)

I'm currently experiencing an issue installing ESXi on my 1090T (has a Biostar TA880G Board)

But im tracking it down to a cpu scheduling / BIOS issue.

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It is not a bad idea but you will need another machine to manage your installation of ESXi as well to be able to access your Virtual Machine that you want to use as a desktop - you can access a VM o/s directly from the console of the ESXi server -

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you can access a VM o/s directly from the console of the ESXi server

You can NOT, of course. Just correcting a typo.


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Thanks Anton - that is correct!

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Thanks for all your replies.

Looks like my plans are halted straight away since I can't also access my virtual machine from the ESX console.

I may have to bring up the virtual machines using vmware workstation or server within windows 7 on my new pc. Playing with ESX will have to wait for now.

Regards,

Bryce.

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ajf
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Just reading this thread as I am looking to do exactly the same thing.

In terms of LAN and RAID, are most onboard solutions supported or this again a problem area?

I am not sure what RAID chips are used with AMD but the network cards seem to be Realtek models.

On Intel systems, are the standard inbuilt RAID solutions supported?

Thanks

Andrew

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LukeWarmwater
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Im also leaning towards this processor for my own whitebox. Is there any disadvantage in using an AMD desktop proc rather then AMD server one?

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AntonVZhbankov
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Luke, desktop processors are usually equipped with smaller cache, so there would be lower performance under heavy load.


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LukeWarmwater
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Thanks, Is ist just the cache that different? or are there some vituaisation features missing in the desktop proc?

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ericgc
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Did anyone end up using this processor for Workstation stuff? i am trying to get my Workstation test environment setup and have loaded ESX 4.1 but when I try to create a VM under the 4.1 server it tells me that my processor isnt 64bit capable which makes no sense as I have loaded 2 64bit OS's on it.

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LukeWarmwater
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I am using this processor on a whitebox using ESXi 4.1 sucessfully. Are you trying to install ESXi as a guest on vmware workstation? Your post is not clear.

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Yes, I have installed ESX 4.1 on a guest in workstation successfully. The problem is when I try to create a VM inside that 4.1 installation I get the attached error message.

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I have been doing some reading and it looks like installing 64bit OS as a "nested" VM is not supported through a workstation/esx installation. Is this true? anyway around this? So obviously I wouldn't be able to run a small lab inside of workstation then since i can't install vCenter as it needs a 64bit OS?

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I am planning on purchasing this CPU + Gigabyte mobo + 16Gb RAM for my personal lab.

I plan on getting a server NIC (e1000, etc). 1 x SSD drive for Sphere 4.1, 1 x 1TB drive for VMs, 1 x 1TB drive for file sharing/storage

Is there any configuration I must use (RAID) in order to get this install up and running? I really don't want to have a RAID unless nescessary at all.

Since I will have another drive with W7 for HTPC/Gaming... it will have an Nvidia GTX470 video card... will this card be an issue? (usually you don't install drivers)

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