Dell server and SSD for lab

I'm shopping ebay to buy a cheap server to do some lab. I was thinking Dell Poweredge 2950  with SSD to do lab for vmware or hyper-v. It has Perc 5i controller. Does this take SSD? If not, What Perc series will make SSD to work? I'm thinking of Samsung 840 or Intel SSD to use.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Dell 2950 is very old and outdated. Eats electricity, memory is expensive, disks are expensive, and it's very loud!

You can attach an SSD to the SATA interface.

Have you considered bulding a whitebox?

or purchasing a HP ProLiant Microserver?
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insidetechCommented:
I use SSD on my 2950 with Perc series controller just fine.

If you have the specialized power cable, you can also use the native SATA port located in middle of the box.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I don't think dell supports SSD's for technically they are stated to be "unassigned".  I believe the Perc H710P is capable of running the Samsung 840 Pro.  If I were you I would contact dell directly and see what they would recommend for they should know better than anyone.  I have never had any trouble with their support or sales.
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crcsupportAuthor Commented:
Microsserver seems it can't do testing virtual environment.

Insidertech, what kind of SSD have you used with the server?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Microsserver seems it can't do testing virtual environment.
- Sorry, I'm not sure what you are referring to here!

We have many HP ProLiant MicroServers here working very well in our 5 Labs, testing VMware vSphere, Cirtrix Xen and Windows 2012 Hyper-V!

Low Power 40 Watts, Quiet, and saves us thousands on electric!

and they are so cheap and quiet, you can build many server clusters, in very little space!
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I am also in agreement with hanccocka as the Dell 2950 is very outdated.  Unless your just looking for a cheap ebay server I have seen those for like $250+.  Although I wouldn't actually advise it just verify it has the right equipment.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
To be honest with you a Dell 2950 is scrap....we throw them out on the tip, they are worthless, and I use the Xeon chips as keyrings!
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I use the Xeon chips as keyrings!

Thats hardcore
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insidetechCommented:
For "testing" VM environment the 2950 is perfectly fine...
I used Micron DDS drive w/o any problem.
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insidetechCommented:
I used Micron DDS drive w/o any problem == SSD
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crcsupportAuthor Commented:
Actually I was looking at the $250 Dell PowerEdge 2950 on ebay...thought it was steal, probably is good option to just go and buy without telling my boss to do various labs   :/
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insidetechCommented:
There are a lot of Dell PowerEdge 1950 out there as well and the 1950 is only 1U and, about the same price.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
The PERC 6 supports SSD but the PERC 5 does not.  The drives will "probably" work, just without the SSD-specific features.
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pgm554Commented:
Just watch out on the used market and go with a Xeon or AMD chip.

Intel guts the vm features on the core duo ,Celerons and such.

AMD  does not.

The hyper v's will not run on them.

Just swapped one out today on a Poweredge 840 for a Xeon.

As for SSD,lot's of cheap 3rd party SATA  controllers that will work just fine.
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