VMware Build Help


Dec 15, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: February, 2013

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Free Hypervisor (ESXi 5) w/ 10 VMs running various web servers, databases, Linux builds, test environments, and one Windows XP VM a thin client will boot into. (This is not for commercial use)

Parts NOT Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, amazon.com, tiger direct)

Country: (e.g.: USA)

Parts Preferences
: AMD CPU (keep cost down), 32GB+ RAM, after market fans etc
NOTE: I have a Cooler Master Cosmos case

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire
: No

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: One VM would include a file server w/ 6 Hard drives. I will need a raid controller card compatible with VMware ESXi 5

I also need mirroring for the ESXi host OS. So if the HD fails (with the host OS), I won’t lose my VMs.
Some components I looked at:

SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1333

AMD Opteron 6234 Interlagos 2.4GHz 16MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W 12-Core Server Processor OS6234WKTCGGUWOF

AMD Opteron 4280 Valencia 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache Socket C32 95W 8-Core Server Processor OS4280WLU8KGGUWOF

ASUS KGPE-D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual Socket G34 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800


ESXi (http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere-hypervisor/requirements.html)

vSphere Hypervisor Requirements for Free Virtualization

CPU Minimum: Single socket, dual core
Ideal: Dual-socket, 4 or more cores per CPU
Memory Minimum: 2GB
Ideal: 8+GB
Network Minimum: one NIC, plus one for Management interface
Ideal: One for Management Interface plus multiple NICs for VMs
Local Storage (SATA/SAS) Minimum: one 80GB drive
Ideal:2 mirrored drives, plus 4 RAID5 drives for VMs
Shared Storage NFS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel for VM storage
Max number of cores per physical CPU Unlimited
Max number of physical CPUs per host Unlimited
Max vCPU per virtual machine 8
RAM limit per server/host 32 GB.