Sorry I doubled up on my specs. I’ll start again…
I’m about to purchase a new server to run VMWare ESXi 3.5
The specs are:
Intel SR2500 Server with RAID SR2500ALLXR
2 x Intel Xeon Quad 5420 CPU
12GB DDR2 667 ECC REG RAM
2 extra Intel PCIx Dual Port Gigabit NIC
I don’t think I’ll have more than 6 VM’s on this box, so I guess my questions are:
1. Are the specs above good enough to run this Many VM’s?
2. Are the SATA HDD’s OK – or should I definitely go with SAS?
3.If I plan to run 6 VM’s – how big should the HDD’s be?
4. Will users notice a lag with the systems running on the VM’s?
Here are the options I got for the drives – for RAID 10 setup.
292GB RAID 10) 4 x Seagate SAS 15Krpm 146GB Hard disks
(600GB RAID 10) 4 x Seagate SAS 15Krpm 300GB Hard disks
(900GB RAID 10) 4 x Seagate SAS 15Krpm 450GB Hard disks
(2TB RAID 10) 4 x Seagate SATA 7200rpm 1TB Enterprise Hard disks
(3TB RAID 10) 4 x Seagate SATA 7200rpm 1.5TB Hard disks
Thank you in advance
The I.T. Chick
I would recommend you review your components against VMware’s compatability list http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=base&deviceCategory=server before you make such a purchase. Definitely SAS drives are recommended since SATA has limited support if any at this time.