What can I use all my old Dell Gen 8 servers for?

NPTDave
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I can't run Hyper V on them, already tried. Even if the xeon CPUs are qualifies, hyper v wont run. It installes but hypervisor won;t run.

I hate to take these servers to the scrap metal place.

Anyone have uses for these?
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Use esxi or xen on them. Or you can install freeNas on them and use them as storage boxes.
Mr TorturSystem Engineer
Commented:
Hi,
I would have say the same, use ESXi with it, there's a lot of chance your configuration will fit it, even if maybe it is not supported by vmware.
Start with ESXi free for example and then you'll see if you get a paid license.
PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
You'll need to use whatever version of VMWare doesn't require hardware-assisted virtualization, as the 8G servers don't  have processors that support it.
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Greg HejlPrincipal Consultant
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Boat anchors.  
you will have nothing but issues with them as they get closer to MTBF.  Each issue will take longer and longer to resolve.
Don't waste your time on old abandoned technology.
Your relevance is determined by how well you can learn and implement new technology.

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PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
Top Expert 2010
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You probably should resist the urge to reuse old hardware, but boat anchors are a horrible idea. Donate them to local schools or colleges, who will be able to use them to help students learn. Maybe the tech is old, but that doesn't mean they are irrelevant in today's world. Sell them for cheap ... enthusiasts and students alike will eat them up.
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All good options.

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