Hello all, I am building up a VMware server for my small business but before I put it into production, I will be doing some testing. This is going to be a white box server. My issue is that I am having trouble determining the hardware that will meet my needs. I will be purchasing a 2nd additional system board and processor and building a backup server and using it for a parts resource in case the main system has hardware issues.
Here is what I would like;
Asus or Intel system board
Single Xeon processor
32GB of ram
Raid 1 or 5 with SAS (300GB) or SATA3 (500GB) hard drives
Raid 1 (2TB drives) for data drives.
I’m having a tough time going through all of the system boards to figure out what will work with VMware ESXi v5. I see that in the VMware compatibility list only shows the Intel system boards but I see that the Asus motherboards are being used looking through other users messages. Can you recommend an Asus and Intel motherboard?
Which Xeon processor should I consider?
Should I consider using the onboard hard drive controller (if it has one) or going with an Adaptec controller?
With regards to the hard drives, I want to split up the drives and have RAID 1 or 5 drives for the server OS drives. I plan on installing 2x2TB hard drives for my data once I finish my testing. My question here – what should I consider – RAID 1 or RAID 5? Should I go with SAS or SATA3 drives?