Using an old PowerEdge 2900 I for a VMware Host
Posted on 2014-10-23
I have an old PE 2900 I server laying around and I'd like to get some use out of it. It has 2 Xeon 5130 (dual core) 2.0Ghz processors and currently has 12Gb RAM. It has 8 300Gb SATA drives attached to a PERC 5/i, I'd probably configure as 1.2Tb RAID 10 VD. I'm thinking about using it for 8 to 12 Windows 7 VM's. The VM's would run two apps, a SQL vertical and Outlook. I want my remote users to RDP into these VM's to run these apps across our site to site VPN. The VM's will just supplement their desktops.
I can't see a need for Vcenter, concerned about the RAM and core usage. I do think I'll have the client buy Essentials, for the support if nothing else.
The highest processor I can run in the box is a Xeon 5160, still dual core, but 3.0Ghz. I can buy a pair of those for $20. I'd probably bump the RAM up to 32Gb or 48GB.
Does this make any sense, or am I trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear?