HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Special Tower Server (518174-005) compatible with VMWare?

I am planning on purchasing an HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Special Tower Server (518174-005) in order to setup a home lab using VMWare software (ESXi, ESX, GO, vSphere, Citrix, etc).  My question uis: does anyone know if this sever is compatible with virtualization?  The server's specs can be viewed from the following URL: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06b/15351-15351-241434-241646-3328424-3884323-3922654-3922655.html  Does anyone currently has this server and is using it for virtualization?
un_nicaAsked:
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coolsport00Commented:
You can check for about any hardware -> server models, CPUs, RAID Controllers, etc. by using VMware's Compatibility Guide:
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

According to their Guide, your server model is supported for ESX4 and ESX4 U1 only (not ESXi):
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=search&deviceCategory=server&productId=1&advancedORbasic=advanced&maxDisplayRows=500&key=&release%5B%5D=13&datePosted=-1&partnerId%5B%5D=41&formFactorId%5B%5D=-1&filterByEVC=0&filterByFT=0&min_sockets=&min_cores=&min_memory=&rorre=0

Regards,
~coolsport00
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un_nicaAuthor Commented:
I'm having a tough time understanding the differene between ESX and ESXi?  Can someone help?
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coolsport00Commented:
The underlying code is the same, but they have different features. You can get ESXi for free, but you can't ESX. This VMware KB will help:
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1015000

~coolsport00
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
ESX has the service console, basically a specialized VM that allows you to do scripting and 3rd party apps.  ESX and ESXi share the same hypervisor but ESXi doesn't have the service console.  

You manage them the same way using the VI Client so you don't see any difference on that end of things.
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coolsport00Commented:
The 2 biggest differences from an administration standpoint is the lack of a service console in ESXi and SSH being disabled (you can enable SSH, but it's not 'officially' supported by VMware).

~coolsport00
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un_nicaAuthor Commented:
Based on what I have read form the above posts (which I greatly appreciate) if the server I want to purchase (which is in my question) supports ESX 4, it should support ESXi 4 (managed with VMware Go.  link: https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/index.php?p=free-esxi-go&lp=1 ).  Can someone confirm or discredit.  I apologize if I'm being redundate, I don't want to drop hundreds of dollars of a box that wont work.
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coolsport00Commented:
You think it would, but it 'may' not. The only way to know for sure is to test the install. I have installed ESXi4 on older servers not listed in the HCL. Just because it's not listed, doesn't mean it won't install...it just means it more than likely hasn't been formally tested on that platform/hardware. But, you should generally go with what the Guide states, or contact VMware for clarification.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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un_nicaAuthor Commented:
I was finally able to contact VMware sales and confirmed that ESXi will work on this server.  Thanks to all, especially coolsport00, for your input.
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un_nicaAuthor Commented:
I needed to folow up with VMware sales to confirm.
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