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Adding new ESX servers to existing ESX cluster with different processors compatibility

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Hello Experts,

I'm in the process of planning additional servers to our existing vSphere 4.1 infrastructure.  We currently have three SUN servers using Intel Xeon Processor E7420 and I want to add two more servers.  The two additional servers will not have the same processors nor will it be the same vendor (SUN).  I've configured HP servers with 55xx series processors but I am unsure whether vMotion will work or DRS for that matter...


Does anyone know of any way I can check for mixed CPU compatibility?

Thank you!
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Thank you everyone!

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I dont think they will go in a cluster as the cluster needs identical servers
you could setup free esxi and then install inside the esxi server  a virtual vsphere server
that way you can add the virtual vspheres into a cluster as the virtual servers based on vmware v7 for instance will be identical I do the same as my servers are not the same
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within vCenter, clusters are just a "special" folder, so you can put any mix of servers within a cluster.  Certain things like vmotion and DRS may not function because of the differences, but you can still enable them.  You could even mix AMD and Intel servers in a cluster and enable HA and it will work, but, again, vmotion won't because of the different CPU architetures.  Also, you don't have to have all of your hosts within a cluster for vmotion to work between them, but you can't enable HA or DRS without a cluster.  

"it makes sense if you don't think about it"  :)
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he he, we have AMD and Intel working in Clusters, and vMotion!

(it just takes you a while to work out the cpu masks!)
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