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ESX-server home use


I'm looking for a performant system to run a home brewed ESXi-server.
I would like to remotely manage the console. HP Micro server can do all of this (remote access card, 8GB of RAM etc) but the price is really high for not that much of performance.

So I wondered what machine would be a good one for running my vm's (ESX) on, have the necessary RAM (at least 8) and I could remotely power on or off.
I found the whitelist but still wonder if somebody has hands on experience with a specific brand/config and could advise it. Hard to buy-test and bring back to the shop if doens't meet expectations ;-( ....

Thanks for any input.
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Robin CM

8/22/2022 - Mon
Robin CM

Depends how nice you want the remote power control to be. You could try and get a second hand server with something like a DRAC (Dell) or iLO (HP) fitted, or buy something like http://www.openxtra.co.uk/p/aviosys-ip-power-9258s-4-port-power-switch
When you say "remotely manage the console" do you mean the actual server VGA output? If so then again a DRAC/iLO will do this for you (though watch out for the licensing with the iLO, not an issue with DRACs). Or you could get something like http://www.avocent.co.uk/Products/Category/KVM_Appliances/IP_Appliances/SwitchView_Digital_KVM_Appliance.aspx
If you go for the Aviosys for the power control and the Avocent for the remote KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) then all you need is some hardware that's on the HCL (or hack it to work on non-hcl hardware).
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

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I would really need the remote console since I would configure the server via it (I cannot attach a screen to it since it will be located on my attic).
The Proliant seems fair enough to me, the ML110 G6 looks appealing, especially since you can add more ram, but I'm really afraid of the noise (power consumption doesn't matter, I can shut it down when not using).
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

We have 10 N36Ls, with no monitors or remote access cards.

All our connected to the network, without monitors or keyboards.

1. N36L support Wake On LAN. - Can be remotely started up via Wake On Lan Magic Packet.
2. ESXi 4.1 U1 supports SSH - remote access to console via SSH.
3. vSphere Client GUI access to Manage the vSphere ESXi 4.1 U1 server, for Configuration or Management changes to host server, Console access to VMs.
4. Direct Access to VMs via RDP.

We configure our servers, using ESXi 4.1 U1 installation on a USB flash drives which the N36L supports, this configuration can be copied and re-written to many different flash drives.

1. Insert Flash drive.
2. Connect to Server via vShphere GUI Client, (servers gets IP address from DHCP)
3. Configure server if need be, restart server remotely.
4. Server Available for use.

What remote console access is then required?

We did this with 10 N36Ls!
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William Peck

What if esx crashes, hangs or stalls. Saw it happen quite often. Remote access to console is absolutely necessary.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Never had it happen in all the years weve been deploying it.

Why not add the Remote Managememt card to N36L?
Robin CM

Or use the IP KVM device (or similar) I told you about originally...
I have had a couple of ESX hosts purple screen due to RAM faults.
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