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    Joseph Marton NNTP User

    What processor for a home VMware server?

    Looking at building an ESXi 5.1 server at home. I was originally going
    to build an i7-based system but now I'm wondering if I should look at
    the Xeon E3 instead. What makes more sense? Right now thinking about
    the E3 1245v2 CPU with the Asus P8B board.

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    Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    On Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:48:11 +0000, Joseph Marton wrote:

    Joe,

    > Looking at building an ESXi 5.1 server at home. I was originally going
    > to build an i7-based system but now I'm wondering if I should look at
    > the Xeon E3 instead. What makes more sense? Right now thinking about
    > the E3 1245v2 CPU with the Asus P8B board.


    I found the following quite an interesting read :

    http://www.vexperienced.co.uk/2012/1...lable-vsphere-
    whitebox/#more-3068

    Cheers
    Hans

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    Joseph Marton NNTP User

    Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    Hans van den Heuvel wrote:

    > http://www.vexperienced.co.uk/2012/1...lable-vsphere-
    > whitebox/#more-3068


    That's a decent box, quite a bit more than I was hoping to spend. It
    made me think, perhaps I should look into the Xeon E5 line? I only
    want to do a single CPU though so the 2603 which he used isn't much
    horsepower at 4 cores, no HT, and only 1.8GHz. Looking at the rest of
    the family the price goes up quickly, and pretty much there are no
    affordable E5 processor at 2GHz or greater (with or without HT).

    So for me looks like it's going to be a decision between the i7 and the
    E3. Unless I go with some sort of "Extreme Edition" of the i7 that's
    ridiculously priced, both are capable of a max 32GB (I'd prefer 64GB
    but I'm just gonna forgo that).

    BTW, if I go E3, the E3-1245V2 (3.4GHz, quad-core, HT, 8M cache) runs
    about $260. This is an Ivy Bridge CPU.

    If I go i7, the i7-3770K (3.5GHz, quad-core, HT, 8M cache) runs about
    $230. This is also an Ivy Bridge CPU.

    This particular E3 seems to add vPro, Intel VT-d, Trusted Execution,
    Demand Based Switching, Fast Memory Acces, and Flex Memory Access.

    I doubt I will need vPro or Trusted Execution. Are the power saving
    features or the memory access features something I'll really benefit
    from in a virtualization host? Is it worth losing some clock speed and
    an extra $30?

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    MichaelC NNTP User

    Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    > On 02/12/2012 10:13, Hans van den Heuvel wrote

    Well, there's a blast from the past
    How you doing old fella?

    Michael
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    Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    On Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:59:11 +0000, MichaelC wrote:

    >> On 02/12/2012 10:13, Hans van den Heuvel wrote

    > Well, there's a blast from the past How you doing old fella?
    >
    > Michael


    Dude, talking about blasts ...
    Wow, that has been a long time indeed.

    Still entertaining myself here doing similar type of stuff still, so I'm
    doing okay I think. At least for the most part though, lol.

    What about you and what you up to these days ?

    Cheers
    Hans

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    MichaelC NNTP User

    Re: What processor for a home VMware server?


    Hans
    > Dude, talking about blasts ...
    > Wow, that has been a long time indeed.


    Just a bit - it's 7 since I was in RDG...!

    > Still entertaining myself here doing similar type of stuff still, so I'm
    > doing okay I think. At least for the most part though, lol.


    Good, good - sounds like you're there for the long haul then

    > What about you and what you up to these days ?


    Left my old job at the end of October - now doing some consulting.
    Current project is some process improvement work, absolutely loving work
    for the first time in years Got married a couple of years back & we had
    a little boy last year, so that side of my life's changed quite
    considerably since the old days too

    Michael
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  7. Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    Joe,

    I just picked up a Dell 2950 Dual quad core Server....using SAS
    drives....very quick...It can hold 32 GB of ram and you can get extra 146GB
    drives relatively cheap....I paid 250 for a box with 12 GB of ram and 2
    146GB drives....drives....I'll be adding more ram and drives but this is
    great as a start


    >>>

    > Looking at building an ESXi 5.1 server at home. I was originally going
    > to build an i7‑based system but now I'm wondering if I should look at
    > the Xeon E3 instead. What makes more sense? Right now thinking about
    > the E3 1245v2 CPU with the Asus P8B board.


    Paul


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    Joseph Marton NNTP User

    Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    Paul Lamontagne wrote:

    > I just picked up a Dell 2950 Dual quad core Server....using SAS
    > drives....very quick...It can hold 32 GB of ram and you can get extra
    > 146GB drives relatively cheap....I paid 250 for a box with 12 GB of
    > ram and 2 146GB drives....drives....I'll be adding more ram and
    > drives but this is great as a start


    Wow that's cheaper, cheaper than what I'd build, where did you find it?

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  9. Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    ebay .....

    >>>

    > Paul Lamontagne wrote:
    >
    >> I just picked up a Dell 2950 Dual quad core Server....using SAS
    >> drives....very quick...It can hold 32 GB of ram and you can get extra
    >> 146GB drives relatively cheap....I paid 250 for a box with 12 GB of
    >> ram and 2 146GB drives....drives....I'll be adding more ram and
    >> drives but this is great as a start

    >
    > Wow that's cheaper, cheaper than what I'd build, where did you find it?


    Paul


  10. Re: What processor for a home VMware server?

    I just picked up 16GB in 4x4GB chunks..so that Later I'll add another 16 to
    get 32gb....now all i need are a few other hard drives..and i'll be
    good..with a "real" server

    >>>

    > Paul Lamontagne wrote:
    >
    >> I just picked up a Dell 2950 Dual quad core Server....using SAS
    >> drives....very quick...It can hold 32 GB of ram and you can get extra
    >> 146GB drives relatively cheap....I paid 250 for a box with 12 GB of
    >> ram and 2 146GB drives....drives....I'll be adding more ram and
    >> drives but this is great as a start

    >
    > Wow that's cheaper, cheaper than what I'd build, where did you find it?



    --
    Paul


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