frankabel
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Hi all!

I'm using VMware Server 1.0.X and want migrate to an vSphere solution to spend less in management.

My question is: Have sense think in a migration to such product even my hardware (processor) are Desktop hardware? I mean, I have lot of "servers" with 6Gb RAM but are just PCs with P4 processor. ESX hypervirsor can run on such processor?? or vSphere require some special feature on the processor as Intel Virtualization Technology???

I know that exist a Hardware Compatibility List, but of course, such kind of processor aren't include, but that don't mean necessarily that aren't supported.

Cheers

Frank Abel

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aandriolli
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A lot of people do that, I eventually hear something about it - sometimes just fine, sometimes with some "it does not recognize my hardware" issue. But the main thing here is support - not in HCL, no VMware support. If ESX works on your hardware, be it on the HCL or not, chances are that it really will work fine. But every time VMware issues an ESX patch, you will get scared about something getting broken.

Some people from the user community keep lists of white boxes - hardware not in the VMware HCL but known to work with ESX/ESXi. Check them at:

VMs Made in Brazil

PS: por favor considere dar pontos a este ou qualquer outro post caso lhe seja útil.

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aandriolli
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The free ESXi might be your best option, assuming your hardware is in the HCL. If you have several physical servers, then buying vSphere licenses would be a good idea, because of the centralized management and better availability. If you have only one or two hosts, then ESXi can take care of it.



[VMs Made in Brazil|http://communities.vmware.com/blogs/aandriolli]

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frankabel
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Thanks for your reply, but pls, have you or at least hear of some

experience (negative o positive) about the using of the ESX

hypervisor on Desktop Hardware? I mean, not Xeon CPU, just P4 with

lots of RAM.

As I said in my post, my hardware isn't in the HCL, not the model

neither the processor. So have the ESX hypervisor some specific

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Cheers

Frank Abel

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aandriolli
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A lot of people do that, I eventually hear something about it - sometimes just fine, sometimes with some "it does not recognize my hardware" issue. But the main thing here is support - not in HCL, no VMware support. If ESX works on your hardware, be it on the HCL or not, chances are that it really will work fine. But every time VMware issues an ESX patch, you will get scared about something getting broken.

Some people from the user community keep lists of white boxes - hardware not in the VMware HCL but known to work with ESX/ESXi. Check them at:

VMs Made in Brazil

PS: por favor considere dar pontos a este ou qualquer outro post caso lhe seja útil.

[VMs Made in Brazil|http://communities.vmware.com/blogs/aandriolli] PS: por favor considere dar pontos a este ou qualquer outro post caso lhe seja útil.

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