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Hi, I'm looking to build a VMWare server that will host two Windows 7 application servers, each of those will host about 5 users each.  I was wondering what requirements I should follow, CPU, RAM, HD.  I don't need hot swappable, but wondered if VMWare liked different kinds of HD's or CPU's.

Thanks all.
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If you are going to use VMware vSphere (ESXi 5.x), you will want to be aware of the HCL.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

Your server should be on this list, to ensure it's certified for use with ESXi.

Windows 7 Application Servers ?

Windows 7 can only have a single user connect to it at a time.

Do you need 5 concurrent users use the application server, because Windows 2012 R2 Server would be a better choice.

So, you need to obtain a server from the HCL, because storage controllers, and network interfaces are limited, because of the ESXi small footprint.

If you want something which is not fusy, select Windows 2012 R2 Server with Hyper-V, it will work with most Windows components!

VMware vSphere ESXi, is not going to have issues with CPU, Memory, or HD, but storage controller and network interface our key!

As for Windows 7, minimum 2 vCPU, 8GB RAM, and 80GB  hard drive as minimum is suitable.
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Thanks Andrew, I wanted to use ESXi for it's smaller footprint than Server 2012 and Hyper-V.  we currently have one Windows 7 system hosting 6 users cuncurrently (via a program), and a server 2008 hosting another virtual 7 system same config in Hyper-V, but it's taxing the server so we wented to get them off.  

I really wanted system suggested requirements to have one built from Dell's site, I just didn't know what is suggestable.
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You *MUST* ensure that the model is in the HCL, otherwise you run the risk, ESXi will not install, work, or be supported!

So, take your budget, search the Dell site, and then check to see if it's listed in the HCL!

Done!

Post the model, here and I'll say, yes that's okay....

I have no idea if your budget is $50 or $25,000.

So you have an idea, of how much memory, cpu and disk storage you need?

because that information, is available from your current VMs.
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Guess I worded it wrong, may have offended someone.
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I'm not sure what this mean... "Guess I worded it wrong, may have offended someone."

If my Answers have been helpful please assign points.
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sorry Andrew, I got the feeling I offended you, you came back hostile.  I can just give points if you need me to, I don't want to get black listed here.
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Not Offended here. Not sure where the hostile post was....

It was not intended to be hostile, if it was read that way.

My reference, was to check the Dell website, and let me know what server you have selected, and I'll let you know if it works with ESXi.
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I was looking for CPU recommendations and Ram for hosting 2 new Windows 7 Application Servers, I wasn't going to role in a computer, I may have worded it wrong.  I don't have a budget, wondering how much it would be (ish)  2k? 5k?  If I get recommendations,

i.e.  "Xeon 300e and 16 gigs of ddr3 would work Crunchy", I could then build it on Dell.  

I just don't know what the entire server should be.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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What is a Windows 7 Application Server?

A single user connection, because only a single user can connect to Windows 7 via RDP.

So you'll need a server with at least 16GB Memory and a Xeon CPU.

Dell R620, with 32GB, and 2 CPUs, will be plenty.

http://www.dell.com/uk/business/p/poweredge-r620/pd
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Thank you that's exactly what I wanted.  An W7 application server is where multiple people connect into a single W7 box to run one or more applications.  I think this one is to run a Windows 32 bit program, I wanted VM ware for their snapshot management.
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