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Virtual Computing - Power survey

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Phoenix, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. Phoenix
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    As part of one of my guides I would like to gather information regarding the configuration people use for thier VM Ware machines, as well as the number of systems they can end up running at the same time

    please could you be as detailed as possible, down to component level if you know, or of you use an off the shelf system then please give details of that system and any extras you have added

    Myself (primary work station)

    Proc: Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz w/HT (800Mhz)
    Mobo: Asus P4C800E-Deluxe
    Mem: 2GB Corsair XMS Low Latency Memory (2x 1GB Dual Channel Kits = 4x 512MB modules) DDR 3200
    Disk0: 146GB Seagate U320 10K SCSO disk (Host OS/Applications)
    Disk1: 200GB WD Special Edition 8MB PATA 7200rpm disk (File storage and VMs)
    VM: VMWare 4.5.2

    am usually running about 6 machines at a time, but this can be as high as 15 dependant on the OS / memory configuration, I can comfortably run 10 Win2k3 Standard servers though


    remember, your max OS usage is dependant on your configuration and so is going to be based more on opinion, but thats what I want as part of one of my guides, so that others can guage the power they might want/need to do what they need to do

    cheers all
     
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  2. Phoenix
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    now now folks, i know theres plenty of you running VM on a wide variety of kit, this info is for one my articles so cough it up! :D
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    Sorry, Ryan. I've been a little bizzy lately. Have to remember to go over my config on the lab machine when I get home.
     
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  4. Phil
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    Proc: AMD Athlon 2.4 Ghz
    Mobo: a motherboard :)
    Mem: 512 mb SDRam
    Disk0: 40 Gb 7200 rpm (Host OS & Apps)
    Disk1: 120GB 7200 rpm 8mb cache (Storage)

    Chugs a bit but I can usually run 2 w2k servers and a w2k pro, could do with a bit more poke really but its enough for now.
     
    Certifications: MCSE:M & S MCSA:M CCNA CNA
    WIP: 2003 Upgrade, CCNA Upgrade
  5. nugget
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    OK here's my stats

    Mobo ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe
    CPU AMD Athlon XP 2600+
    Graphics ASUS Radeon 9600 SE 128MB
    Disk0: Maxtor 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache (host, progs, vm's)
    Disk1: Maxtor 60GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache (backup, storage)
    RAM 1.5GB DIMM PC2700

    Running VMWare 4.5.2
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    I must be the only person that doesn't own a P4 yet :oops:

    However, I can say that on my P3 700 HP Pavilion laptop with 256MB RAM, that the host system runs like a dream :rolleyes: Unfortuantely it all goes pear shaped if I try and run any VM other than a single instance of NT4 workstation :cry:

    Pete
     
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  7. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hey Guys - I'm really starting to think I could run with this thing on the spec I have. Anyone care to comment on it (be kind :oops: )

    CPU: AMD Athlon 1900XP (clocked to hell right now)
    RAM: 512 Mb PC2100 DDR
    Mobo: MSI something or other
    GFX: Bog standard 32Mb PCI ATI card
    HDD: Currently 1x40Gb (20Gg OS and Apps, 20Gb storage/backups/free space) About to add second 40Gb drive, will be free to use for anything.

    If you think I could run with this, then I might at least give it a blast, even just so I understand what you Guys are talking about :scratch
     
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  8. cazzam35

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    CPU: AMD Athlon 2800XP (UPGRADE IMMINENT REALLY)
    RAM: 1.00 gB DDR
    Mob: AMI K7541GX
    GFX: nvidia GeForce FX 5200
    HDD: Maxtor 120Gb (x2)

    DVD And CDRW etc etc/19in Flat screen

    Networked to my old pc ( now the 10yr old pc )

    CPU: Pentium 4 2.2 ( Upgrade - she can get lost really)
    RAM: 1.00 gB Ram
    Mob: ???
    GFX: nvidia GeForce FX 5200
    HDD: Maxtor 80Gb

    DVD And CDRW etc etc/19in standard monitor

    Third pc about to be added to play with for my mcse


    Is this the type of thing you wanted???
     
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  9. nugget
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    Callum, if your getting rid of the XP 2800, you might consider sending it this way.[​IMG]

    Jak, slap it on and fire it up mate. :thumbleft
     
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  10. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    OK - here goes......:biggrin
     
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  11. cazzam35

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    Sorry nug, bad news cos its getting used as my break me
    up and put back together machine, you know, load every bit
    of crap i can onto to it, break it and fix it/upgrade it/downgrade it.....

    Will eventually have 4 networked together through the house to
    help me in my course work. Been fun up to now.

    But thanx for your concern in offering a new home lmao
     
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    WIP: Curr/Supervisor/Duty Mgr/Retail DIY
  12. punkboy101
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    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

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    OK, here goes:

    P4 1.8Ghz (getting upgradded ASAP)
    512 DDR RAM
    Somekind of Gigabite MoBo
    80 Gig HD
    Win XP Pro SP2

    As you can see, the machine is getting on abit, and I will be upgrading it in the near future. However, at the mo i can run 2 x 2K3 servers and one XP pro without any probs.
     
    Certifications: CCNA
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  13. Phoenix
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    thanks for your input guys, hey nug, do you think you could list how many VMs you can manage at a time? id also be interested if you guys could mention what your base mem configuration per machine is, I usually lower my servers to 128 and workstations to 64 unless i have a specific need for them to be higher (ie exchange, 256)

    so far im getting this vibe

    256MB, 1 VM
    512MB, 3 VM
    1024MB, 6 VM
    2048MB, 10+ VM
     
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  14. punkboy101
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    Same as you mate, I run servers with 128Mb, and workstations at 64Mb. I also only give them 10Gig HD space. I haven't yet started with anything with SQL server so I just leave it like that. I am putting another 512 in next month, so I can worry bout that then.

    HTH
     
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  15. Pablo1888

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    Here's what I've got:

    Processor:AMD Athlon 64 3200
    Mobo:MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum
    Memory: 1Gb PC 3200 DDR
    Hard Drives Disk 0 200Gb Western Digital + Disk 1 27Gb Fujitsu
    Win XP Pro SP2
     
    Certifications: MOUS Master, MCP 70-210, A+
    WIP: CCNA
  16. G1BB0

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    pc specs -

    p4 3.4ghz
    1024mb pc3200
    250gb WD SATA 7200rpm
    160gb ATA WD
    256mb Rad 9600XT
    19" TFT

    Athlon XP 2500
    512 Corsair xms 2700 (running in dual chan 2x 256mb)
    GF4 ti4200 128mb
    40gb hdd

    p4 1.7
    256mb RIMMS
    40gb hdd
    GF2 32mb ddr GTS

    Athlon 2600XP
    512ddr
    40gb hdd
    gf2 mx

    I currently have 2 net connections, 1 ntl and one bt, ntl is on a router, bt is on wireless router with pc's upstairs connected via wireless

    am about to start mcse so if anyone wants to help me with a VM lab setup ;)
     
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  17. tripwire45
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    If you are starting with the 70-270 exam, you might have better luck getting an answer to your question in the Microsoft Client Exams forum: http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/f31-client-exams.html

    As far as setting up the lab, I can only assume you've already installed a copy of Windows XP into Virtual PC as well as a copy (evaluation or otherwise) of Windows Server 2003.

    In part, you can start basing your network on the labs that are in your study materials. They usually include some network configuration information and since it's a client exam, at least some of what you'll need to learn can be learned on a stand-alone machine.
     
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  18. nugget
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    Phoenix, I was using 256 MB for all server and workstations. I've since lowered the memory requirements to those suggested and it still runs just fine if not better with 3 2003 servers and 3 workstations running. I plan to add a few more ws's when I have the time.

    The SuSE ws was running great with 64 MB as was win95. :thumbleft

    If you work it out the RAM usage for all that I tested was just 576 MB. I then checked the total RAM usage in taskmanager, and it was 1.05 GB, so I have plenty more for more machines.[​IMG]
     
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  19. tripwire45
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    Might as well get around to this:

    Dell Dimension 8300
    Windows XP Pro SP1
    1.25 GB RAM
    200 GB HDD
    Pentium 4 2.60 GHz

    Running VMWare Workstation Beta 5 RC1
     
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