I have already made some tweaks and adjustments to the bill of materials for the VMware lab. Here is a summary of the changes:
- Removed VeolciRaptor 300GB drives. Since I will have SSD, it’s not needed. I plan to boot ESX/ESXi from a 8GB or so USB thumb drive, and only use the SSD as storage to share out from VSA’s.
- Changed the SSD to an Intel X25-M. Everything I read says the Intel’s are the best performers. My wife has a X18 in her laptop and loves it. You can get much better drive/value in the 120GB category than the 128GB, so definitely check that out. Besides NewEgg was out of stock on the WD SSD anyways.
- Changed out the 80mm fans to GELID Solutions FN-TX08-20 80mm Silent Temperature controlled fans. This was a recommendation made by Phillip Jaenke.
- Not necessarily going with the Black Caviars, although I locked in on the Synology DS-1010. Instead I am leaning toward Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS after reading numerous reviews on 2TB drives. We will see.
- Not necessary going to go Hynix on the memory, even though it’s an approved chip by Supermicro. I may engage crucial and get them to sign off on something that should work. The thing is I want to go 16GB per box, and I want to populate 2 channels. So it’s either 2 8GB per box, or likely the less costly 4x4GB per box option. This would likely be registered ECC 1066mhz memory since 1333mhz is costly.
So the revised list is:
|2||Supermicro X8SIL-F motherboard|
|2||Intel Xeon X3450 Retail (2.66GHz, 4 Cores, 8 Threads)|
|8||Hynix 4gb DDR3 1066 ECC Registered memory|
|2||Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 2.5″ 120GB|
|2||Lian-Li V352B MicroATX case|
|2||Seasonic X Series 400W power supply|
|4||GELID Solutions FN-SX12-10 120mm Silent Case Fan|
|2||GELID Solutions FN-TX08-20 80mm Silent Temp Controlled Fan|
|5||Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS (2TB each)|
|2||VMware ESXi 4.1|
I ordered everything except the memory and drives as I am still shopping for deals on those, I got everything so far from NewEgg. I will need to move around several ports in my storage lab to free up 1GB ports on my 3750 to make room for this lab. Each server will require 3 ports (vmnic0, vmnic1, ipmi) and the synology takes 2 ports. So that is 8 total. I am going to move my APC managed power strips (3), server iLO ports (4) and terminal server (1) to an older 10/100 switch, and that should give me the necessary space. Once I get everything built and cabled in, I can continue to work on it even if I am remote. Lab will likely be with my storage gear in Ft. Lauderdale, yet I have been spending most of my time in Georgia.
My current plan is to run at least the following initially in the lab:
2 NetApp Data OnTap Simulator 8.0
2 EMC Celerra uber VSA
1 EMC Navisphere Simulator
1 UCS Simulator
2 Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers
1 Microsoft SQL Server (2003 or newer)
2 VMware vCenter
2 Nexus 1000v
1 Microsoft Certificate Server
If anyone has any other good suggestions on some virtualized storage or networking stuff please let me know! Eventually I would like to standup a complete CCIE voice lab on this gear too, which it should be able to do the job quite nice!