Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

VMware ESXi 5 on i5/i7 for home lab

Posted on 2011-09-12
8
Medium Priority
?
3,412 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have heard rumors that VMware ESXi 5 does work with Intel i5 and i7 processors. Can anyone confirm if it does run on i5/i7 or AMD CPU's? If it does work can you point me to either a bare bone system capable of handling 32GB-48GB of RAM that is on HAL for version 5? Can it work with iSCSI SAN set up using FreeNAS? Primary use will be to build computer networks for testing, let's say 6-10 servers.

Appreciate any help
0
Comment
Question by:Coffinated
[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
  • 6
  • 2
8 Comments
 
LVL 124

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 36523985
ESXi 5.0 will work on any Intel or AMD 64 bit processor with Intel VT or AMD-V.

The issue is often the storage or network controller which makes it incompatible.

With the FREE version of ESXi you can only use 32GB vRAM, so make a decision if you are going to use ESXi 4.1 or ESXi 5.0, if you are thinking about using the Free version.

FreeNAS is rubbish, and so is Openfiler, I would re-consider a Solaris based ZFS, OpenSolaris, Solaris Express 11, Nexcenta or OpenIndiana NAS using NFS or iSCSI. NFS on ZFS is better.

Check the following resources for building whiteboxes

http://vm-help.com/Whitebox_HCL.php
http://ultimatewhitebox.com/
http://communities.vmware.com/cshwsw.jspa
0
 
LVL 124
ID: 36523995
I a little confused, because you also mention poiting you to a system which is on the HAL, do you mean HCL, otherwise here is the Official List

Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) here

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/search.php

These servers are designed and certified to work with ESXi 4.1 or ESXi 5.0, if you build one, you may experience issues.
0
 
LVL 124
ID: 36524006
Here are some quick rough tests performed with Solaris Express 11 versus FreeNAS

http://andysworld.org.uk/2011/08/25/oracle-solaris-express-11-versus-freenas-quick-cifs-performance-tests/
0
Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

Veeam® is happy to provide the Microsoft community with a study guide prepared by MVP and MCT, Orin Thomas. This guide will take you through each of the exam objectives, helping you to prepare for and pass the examination.

 
LVL 124

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 36524038
Fellow Experts Bestway reports the following:-

"Hi

I have installed v5 for testing in a Asus P6P7h55E Barebone and is working just fine. Found no issues until now.

CPU - Intel Core i3-540 3Ghz
Memory - 4Gb Dual Channel DDR3 1333Mhz
LAN - Realtek ALC887, 10/100/1000

I add more memory and a local disk of SATA II 500Gb and this cost me only about 340 euros"
0
 
LVL 124

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 36524045
0
 
LVL 124
ID: 36524050
Of Course, you can install and use ESXi 4.1/ESXi 5.0 on VMware Workstation or VMware Player for FREE.
0
 
LVL 5

Author Comment

by:Coffinated
ID: 36524068
hanccocka:

Yes I meant HCL, solaris Express or any other free or inexpensive solution can be set up.
0
 
LVL 5

Author Comment

by:Coffinated
ID: 36524078
hanccocka:

Thank you for your input I have more than enough info to get started.
0

Featured Post

Enroll in October's Free Course of the Month

Do you work with and analyze data? Enroll in October's Course of the Month for 7+ hours of SQL training, allowing you to quickly and efficiently store or retrieve data. It's free for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts!

Question has a verified solution.

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

The core idea of this article is to make you acquainted with the best way in which you can export Exchange mailbox to PST format.
On September 18, Experts Exchange launched the first installment of the Help Bell, a new feature for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts. The Help Bell will serve as an additional tool to help teams increase question visibility.
This Micro Tutorial steps you through the configuration steps to configure your ESXi host Management Network settings and test the management network, ensure the host is recognized by the DNS Server, configure a new password, and the troubleshooting…
Video by: ITPro.TV
In this episode Don builds upon the troubleshooting techniques by demonstrating how to properly monitor a vSphere deployment to detect problems before they occur. He begins the show using tools found within the vSphere suite as ends the show demonst…

598 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