I'm trying to create a lab. For the moment, I want only one ESXi (6.5 or 6.7) and I need at least 32G RAM. I already have a Synology for LUN.
Do you have somes recommendations for a "cheap" lab ?
you could look for a refurbished (used) server. They are usually pretty cheap and come with some warranty. I know a great guy in Holland - send me a private message if that's within your reach.
Recently I chatted with a guy from Germany, who buys some very cheap used hardware from a local university. That could be a good reason to get in touch with your alma mater 🙂
Best of luck, Pavel
Consider looking at refurbished, off-lease Dell PCs.
Although it only goes to 16GB, I was able to use an Optiplex 990 (Core i5 CPU) to load ESXi 6.5. I was able to load 6.0 on Optiplex 390s with Core i3 CPUs.
For example, the Dell Precision T5400 PC Desktop can handle 2 quadcore CPUs and 32GB RAM. Sometimes these are available for as little as US$300 on eBay.
Best wishes and keep us informed!
If you are looking to run a 6.5 / 6.7 lab, most of the refurbish systems you find may not be compatible with the latest versions. Please be prepared to run in to the unexpected if you purchase a refurbished and it's not on the HCL