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Microserver and esxi - is this possible?

Discussion in 'Software' started by jamin100, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. jamin100

    jamin100 Byte Poster

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    I'm looking at setting up my microserver to act as a backup server and a small home lab for 70-680

    It's the n40l with 8gb ram. It's got a 160gb, 250gb 2 x 1tb and a 120gb ssd drive.

    I'm looking for the best way to set all this up with esxi

    I'm thinking about putting esxi on a USB drive on the internal USB port.

    I'd then use the ssd to host the vm's.
    I'd want one vm to act as a backup server for the macs in my house so looking for it to be able to access the 1tb drive. Not sure wether to use something like Freenas or a windows server for this?

    The other vm's would be one server (2008r2) and 2 w7 clients. I'd use these to run through the labs in 70-680

    The other thing is, I have no experience in esxi... Is all this even possible?

    Or would you recommend something else?

    Thanks in advance
     
    WIP: 70-680
  2. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I'd guess that as this bundle is advertised:

    HP RB-404, RB-414, SH-222BB/BEBE, KVR1333D3N9/4G, ESXI5-HYPERVISOR, 658553-421 ProLiant MicroServer N40L 'ESXi 5 Testbed' Bundle | ServersPlus

    that it is certainly possible...
     
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  3. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    It certainly is, I've got one with 16GB of ram in it running ESXi5.1 without any issues what so ever.
     
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  4. jamin100

    jamin100 Byte Poster

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    I kind of meant is my configuration possible
     
    WIP: 70-680
  5. jamin100

    jamin100 Byte Poster

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    What ram have you got in?
    Anything in particular?
     
    WIP: 70-680
  6. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Ah beg pardon, didn't read through the OP properly. Yes its entirely possible to do all those things easily. I dont know what file shares mac supports whether its NFS only or not but I would be tempted to use freenas or openfiler as the backup appliance if you will. So when you create the VM for openfiler just have a small thin provisioned harddisk1 (8GB should be plenty) on the SSD's then create an additional disk on the 1TB drive and then just manage freenas/openfiler as you would normally from their respective webUI's to tell it what to do with the storage.
     
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