Solved

VMware Torture Testing

Posted on 2009-05-19
2
1,816 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
We are in the process of receiving two sets of test hardware to run a VMware ESX 3.5 cluster with the full blown HA, Vmotion, and extras.  We would like to compare these hardware sets by building as many copies of a template virtual machine as we can until either the software or hardware begins to fail (can I say I love my job?).  In any case, I need some opinions on how to go about testing a virtual machine.  One thought I had was to boot into prime95 or similar software and run the same stress tests concurrently on all the VM's as I am adding them to the cluster for consistancy.  I was also thinking of building a template Centos machine and running a stress test from within the OS that maxed CPU, Memory, and Network concurrently (haven't found anything to do this yet, suggestions welcome).  
We are getting some of the new nehalem stuff to test, and we would like to justify the extra cost and risk of new hardware by testing the heat-sinks out it and proving it will hold up and spank the older Core2/Opteron architectures.

Thanks in advance!
0
Comment
Question by:WINAIRMVS
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 

Accepted Solution

by:
WINAIRMVS earned 0 total points
ID: 24422511
ElloDarkstar,

Thanks for the link.  To clarify, We are testing clusters of 2RU servers each of which will have dual 4gbps HBAs connecting to a 40TB SAN.  There will be boatloads of bandwidth to this cluster via a Cisco 7609 platform which will connect to our 10gbps network and soon to be DWDM network capable of over 400gbps.  Despite testing the network and IO, we are really just looking to bake the hardware with as many virtual machines as possible to see how much a VMware license buys you on a Nehalem and non-Nehalem machine.  We are planning to roll out a hosted service for customers off our network POPs to have hosted virtual machines, so the platform we build this on needs to be bullet proof.  The article you posted is relatively old and some of the links to the tools are broken.  Funny, a Google search didn't find this page when I was searching myself!  Thanks for the info!
0

Featured Post

Supports up to 4K resolution!

The VS192 2-Port 4K DisplayPort Splitter is perfect for anyone who needs to send one source of DisplayPort high definition video to two or four DisplayPort displays. The VS192 can split and also expand DisplayPort audio/video signal on two or four DisplayPort monitors.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Learn how ViaSat reduced average response times for IT incidents from 10 minutes to 30 seconds.
This article was originally published on Monitis Blog, you can check it here . If you have responsibility for software in production, I bet you’d like to know more about it. I don’t mean that you’d like an extra peek into the bowels of the sourc…
This Micro Tutorial walks you through using a remote console to access a server and install ESXi 5.1. This example is showing remote access and installation using a Dell server. The hypervisor is the very first component of your virtual infrastructu…
Monitoring a network: why having a policy is the best policy? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the enormous benefits of having a policy-based approach when monitoring medium and large networks. Software utilized in this v…

632 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question