Advice for Lab setup/recommendations


I want to setup an inexpensive lab at home, i'm looking to purchase a Dell Power edge FS12-NV7 2U Rackmount server Dual AMD Quadcore with 64GB RAM for around £185.

Is that good enough for around 10 vm's running at the same time? looking to have a DC, Exchange, few windows machines, a linux and MacOSX.

Could you advise best way to go about this please?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm going to jump in first by stating it is against the Apple EULA, to run Mac OS X on non-Apple Hardware, and because it's against the Apple EULA, it cannot be discussed here on Experts Exchange.

The first thing i would mention about the Dell RackMount Server, there are very noisy and costly to run when it comes to electricity.

But if you are happy with the electrical cost and noise, there is sufficient memory and processors to build a lab, check the Processors are compatible with either VMware vSphere (ESXi) or Microsoft Hyper-V.

ESXi is free, and there is Hyper-V which is also free.

Also remember that these units are non standard Dell units, that were manaufactured by Dell for specific OEM customer requirements, so you will not see them listed and supported on the Dell website.
Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
So could you recommend a server for me please?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Based on what criteria, noise, size, electricity, budget, support ?

I can recommend a server, but do you have £15,000 ?
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Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
I have a very low budget hence why i suggested the FS12-NV7 2U Rackmount server Dual AMD Quadcore with 64GB RAM for around £185.

Apart from the noise and electricity bill do you think its good enough?

Could you recommend anything at that price?

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You'll not get anything similar at that price. 64GB for £185 is a bargain.

If you check that it is capable of Intel VT or AMD-V both of these are needed for Hypervisors.

I believe that people have successfully used ESXi on the units, BUT the FS12-NV7 is a custom unit, and they could all be different.

So if it supports AMD-V, it will be suitable for Hyper-V or ESXi.

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Technical InformationAuthor Commented:
Thank you Andrew

You've been very helpful today
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