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Hi Folks,

We are planning to use an ESX server purely for our packaging activities. Currently we are using vmware workstations. The requirement is to use vms on the esx server .

REQUIREMENT :

1. 40 VMs to be powered on (Peak/Maximum) at a given point of time.
2. Mostly the vms will be Windows 7 (64 & 32bit) and Windows Xp 32bit. Sometimes Windows server 2003.
3. each Vm will have a memory of 1gb and hdd space of 40gb.

Currently am looking at :

PowerEdge M910 Blade Server or PowerEdge R720 Rack Server
2x Intel® Xeon® E7520 1.86GHz, 18M cache, 4.80 GT/s QPI, Turbo, HT, 4C, 800MHz Max mem
64GB Memory (16x4GB), 1066MHz, Dual Ranked LV RDIMMs for 2 or 4 Processor
500GB 7.2K RPM Near-Line SAS 6Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive 

The problem with the above configuration is that the pricing is going above the budget substantially. Hence can i achieve the requirement mentioned above with the below configuration :

PowerEdge M910 Blade Server or PowerEdge R720 Rack Server
2X Intel® Xeon® E6510 1.73GHz, 12M cache, 4.80 GT/s QPI, Turbo, HT, 6C, 800MHz Max mem
16GB Memory (8x2GB), 1066MHz, Single Ranked LV RDIMMs for 2 or 4 Processor
300GB 10K RPM SAS 6Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive

I have also gone through the below post and various other posts/blogs/articles available on the net. I need some practical help on the planning . I also need some help on choosing the right ESX like ESX or ESi with vcenter/vsphere etc.

http://www.itninja.com/question/what-kind-of-hardware-do-you-use-for-repackaging

Thanks,

hrs

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I assume you'll be using NAS/ iSCSI storage for the VMs?Otherwise I believe your diskspace will be an issue :)

If you will be running up to 40 machines simultaneously you might run into the RAM limitations of ESXi 5 (32GB on the host machine) when using the free license

Answered 08/01/2012 by: pjgeutjens
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  • Thanks for your reply. So what would u suggest as the ideal ESX server hardware i need to be looking at to achieve the requriement i have ?
  • while this is HP specific, you might want to give the HP Sizing Tool for VSphere a whirl and see what it tells you.
    You can find it here: http://h71019.www7.hp.com/activeanswers/cache/120132-0-0-0-121.html
  • Thanks for the reply. Will look into it
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