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New server

So, I waited and waited, and Dell finally put their entry-level servers back on sale for cheap ($199). I added a few options, since I'm going to run VMWare on it, but it was still cheaper than it would cost to put 4GB in my old (noisy, cranky) 600SC.

I'm thinking I'll put VMWare ESXi on it (it's free) and pull in my existing Windows server as a guest, and then set up a couple more linux guests so that I can start experimenting on migrating everything off of the Windows server.

Assuming things go as planned, it should get here around Halloween. Maybe I'll get it some orange accessories :)

The server is from the Small Business "10 days of deals" promotion, and is available for today and tomorrow if anyone is interested.
http://www.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/us/segments/bsd/days-of-deals?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

It's $199 after $399 off of the regular price, and you can put in a limited amount of upgrades (it takes a maximum of 4GB RAM, and it's a single-socket machine that takes a dual-core processor). It does have two 32-bit PCI slots and three PCI-e slots, though, so it should be more than sufficient for me.

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erikvolson
Oct. 15th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking I'll put VMWare ESXi

Get thee to the HCL before you buy that box. ESXi is even pickier about hardware than ESX is, because you don't have the service console to go fix things. If it doesn't find the hardware on first boot, it *never* finds the hardware.
celebrith
Oct. 15th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
No worries...
The problem with the HCL is that it only lists complete systems rather than components (I understand why they do it, though). I have successfully installed ESXi on a couple of older Dell systems that aren't listed in the HCL. I can't afford (for home use) any of the systems that are listed on the HCL, so if it doesn't work, I'll just install CentOS as the host operating system and install VMWare Server 2. For my purposes it'll work the same.
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