Picking Hardware and Software to setup VMware

Hi There,
I'm new in VMware. I explain the requirement and you give me your advise about hardware and software. (we try to keep the cost minimum).  

We need to setup a set of VM for test and development:
- It's not production and can be done for a day until it restore.
- 4 Ubuntu Linux and 2 Windows 10 maybe one iOS (If possible)
- If one VM or machine crashes I like to be able to restore it, the image can be a few days old and restoring can be manual.
- In my wish list I eventually like to have some high availability. (Depends on cost.)
How can I setup this with minimum cost? if i want to get a bit more HA how would be the cost?

For hardware:
We are thinking about getting 2 Second hand/refurbished Dell server, maybe: Dell PowerEdge R620 with 2*Xeon
any thought or suggestion about hardware? We are pretty open about that.
Please let me know what you think.
Thank you in advanced
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Any hardware you select, *MUST* be defined on this list.. 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.


Your hardware choice of Dell PowerEdge R620 is fine, they are on the HCL, Memory often is your bottleneck, not CPU, followed by storage, so purchase servers with enough RAM and Storage.

Now if this is not Production and Test and Development, you can use VMware vSphere FREE licenses, BUT if you want High Availability you will also need a SAN or Shared Storage.

and also different licenses, e.g. VMware vSphere Essentials Plus...

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You cannot use iOS/Apple products in VMs on non Apple hardware.

Hyper-V can provide a level of high availability using Hyper-V Replica which doesn't require any licenses or shared storage.
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