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  • is this a good start for ESXi whitebox ?

    I have read many posting online about building a ESXi server and bit of confuse. I am new to vmware and just thought it would be best to post my own questions.
    Is this the right approach?
    Be able to do run HA,FT, DRS, Vmotion. Setup VMs with AD, Exchange.....
    Plan is to deploy ESXi on my machine below. ESXi Boot/ ISO Storage
    3.60 gigahertz AMD FX-4100 Quad-Core
    192 kilobyte primary memory cache
    4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    8192 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Hyper-threaded (4 total)
    16GB RAM
    1TB HD ESXi Boot/ ISO Storage
    120GB SSD For VM Disks
    Use my laptop to run vSphere client and manage the ESXi


    is this a good start?
    Goal is to get VCP and need a good practice lab.
    Thanks in advance for your reply

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    Re: is this a good start for ESXi whitebox ?

    Originally posted by ggomez43 View Post
    I have read many posting online about building a ESXi server and bit of confuse. I am new to vmware and just thought it would be best to post my own questions.
    Is this the right approach?
    Be able to do run HA,FT, DRS, Vmotion. Setup VMs with AD, Exchange.....
    Plan is to deploy ESXi on my machine below. ESXi Boot/ ISO Storage
    3.60 gigahertz AMD FX-4100 Quad-Core
    192 kilobyte primary memory cache
    4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    8192 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Hyper-threaded (4 total)
    16GB RAM
    1TB HD ESXi Boot/ ISO Storage
    120GB SSD For VM Disks
    Use my laptop to run vSphere client and manage the ESXi


    is this a good start?
    Goal is to get VCP and need a good practice lab.
    Thanks in advance for your reply
    Drop the TB disk and use a USB key.

    Add more memory, i have 32GB running on my system and i've run out of memory on more than one occasion.

    120GB SSD will fill up rapidly if you start throwing VM's on.

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    • #3
      Re: is this a good start for ESXi whitebox ?

      I would second the call to drop more RAM in there. You always tend to run out of memory first in home lab setups. 32GB minimum if I were deploying everything on a single box.

      SSD storage helps immensely, with cheaper prices now, try aim for 256GB there too. As someone pointed out a USB key is better for the boot device, then you can dedicate your full 1TB drive as slower VM and ISO storage, with Core VMs being placed on the SSD.

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      • #4
        Re: is this a good start for ESXi whitebox ?

        Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post

        Add more memory, i have 32GB running on my system and i've run out of memory on more than one occasion.
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        I have 16GB just on my laptop.
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        • #5
          Re: is this a good start for ESXi whitebox ?

          Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
          I have 16GB just on my laptop.
          So do I and the number of times I have ground to a halt because of this is unreal.

          Try setting up some MS labs to follow and you'll see what I mean.

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          • #6
            Re: is this a good start for ESXi whitebox ?

            wullieb1,

            You mentioned that you want to run VMWare HA and FT etc. you will need at least 2 ESX hosts to run HA.

            Do you have a couple of machines for this?

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            • #7
              Re: is this a good start for ESXi whitebox ?

              Originally posted by Fooksey View Post
              wullieb1,

              You mentioned that you want to run VMWare HA and FT etc. you will need at least 2 ESX hosts to run HA.

              Do you have a couple of machines for this?
              I'm not the original poster but I would presume that they have not seeing as they only have a single system spec'd, unless of course they are using nested Host VM's or something like AutoLAB to simulate the environment.

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