ESXi server wth 140 VMs
Posted on 2012-03-18
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.
Quad core I7's with max of 16 GB
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?