I recently purchased the following gear to setup a home lab for ESXi 5 study and to of course get my VCP5.
Its a Shuttle XPC with 32GB of DDR3 Ram, Intel i7 3.5ghz and a 3TB SATA3 HDD
I already had a HP microserver N40L with 8GB ram – but with more than 2-3 VM’s it would struggle and subsequently frustrate me greatly …. to say the least 🙂
I intended to run ESXi 5.1 virtualised so I could really test out the features and not be limited by hardware (like the shuttle only having 1 physical NIC)
The only things I needed to change on the physical shuttle host was
- add ‘vhv.allow = “true” > /etc/vmware/config
- Enable promiscuous mode on physical hosts ESXi vswitch
- Select Other x64 bit client for the VM Client
Check out this great blog http://tsmith.co/2011/creating-a-nested-esxi-5-environment/– for further info on nested ESXi setups
I also wanted a NFS and iSCSI device and after downloading OpenFiler from here https://www.openfiler.com/community/download
Configure it with as an RHEL x64 – 2GB Ram and 2 IDE Disks and 1vCPU
Then I found the following blogs to setup the OpenFiler shares
Thanks for the link!
The HP N40L Microserver can take 16GB of RAM, even though HP says 8GB. Just in case you didn’t already know!