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Hi Chaps,

I have a Intel Xeon E5-2620 @2Ghz
I want to run two VM on ESXI but not sure of the best config.
Essentially, I want the best config for Exchange 2013 and a 2012 Domain Controller.
Your thoughts and experience would be appreciated as I want to get best performance and ideally let ESXI handle the hard work.
Once I have done this I would like to look at the NICS but that question can come after :)

Anyone able to advise what they suggest for this type of processor?
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I would recommend

1 or 2 vCPU, 4GB of RAM for your 2012 DC (depending upon number of concurrent logons and users, 1 is normally adequate for a small site) (that's 2 sockets x 1 core)

2 or 4 vCPU, 16GB of RAM, for your Exchange 2013 server, depending upon numbers of mailboxes.  (that's 2/4 sockets x 1 core)

Ideally a ESXi datastore configured as RAID 10 or RAID 5, with plenty of spindles, and using at least 10,000 rpm disks or SAN attached.
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