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ESXi server wth 140 VMs

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Looking for some advice on building an ESXi server with about 140 VMs networked to one VM sever for a testing labs.

VMs will consist of:
1 - Server 2008 (with MS SQL Enterprise ed)
     (light server activity)
139 - mix of Win 7, Win XP
       - 584 MB each, 640 x 480 video

The greatest bottle neck will obviously be I/O (especially during boot up) there for boot ups will be scheduled in a logical sequence.

Physical hardware:
Quad core I7's with max of 16 GB

Questions:
1. Since I don't believe it is practical to do this on one ESXi server, how many hosts do you think are necessary?
    I am thinking 8 VMs per core for a total of 32 VMs per host; less on the ESXi server
    hosting the Win 2008 server VM

2. I will need to network the ESXi servers together. Any special considerations?

3. What do I need to purchase from VMware to accomplish this? ESXi is free. Vsphere
    (the free version can only handle one ESXi at a time). Can I manage all the ESXi
    servers from VMware 8 (workstation s/w)? Will I need to purchase anything?

Thank you
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