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 SUPERMICRO MBD-C7X58-O wit ESXi 4 
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I used a SUPERMICRO MBD-C7X58-O with 12 GB RAM and a i7 920. I'm booting from a USB stick which mounts inside on the mb. It uses the Intel ICH10R controller. Can't use the onboard SATA as a RAID but it does see the SATA ports individually. I'm using a 3Ware raid controller anyway with (4) 1TB hds as a raid10.

ESXi sees both network ports perfectly (Intel 82574L). This thing came up with out a hitch. It's been running about 6 weeks and I couldn't be happier with it.


Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:02 am
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oboro-ky wrote:
I used a SUPERMICRO MBD-C7X58-O with 12 GB RAM and a i7 920. I'm booting from a USB stick which mounts inside on the mb. It uses the Intel ICH10R controller. Can't use the onboard SATA as a RAID but it does see the SATA ports individually. I'm using a 3Ware raid controller anyway with (4) 1TB hds as a raid10.

ESXi sees both network ports perfectly (Intel 82574L). This thing came up with out a hitch. It's been running about 6 weeks and I couldn't be happier with it.


hi, how many vms are you running with this setup?
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Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:30 pm
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I'm running 3 Windows servers, 1 Windows XP vm as a proxy and 3 FreeNAS Nas servers for additional shared storage.

It has performed so well that I built a second one exactly like it as a backup system. Now I run the VM Standalone Converter on each VM from one machine to the other as a backup.


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oboro-ky wrote:
I'm running 3 Windows servers, 1 Windows XP vm as a proxy and 3 FreeNAS Nas servers for additional shared storage.

It has performed so well that I built a second one exactly like it as a backup system. Now I run the VM Standalone Converter on each VM from one machine to the other as a backup.


Can you share your configuration?

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Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:20 pm
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Besides the motherboard as mentioned aboved I'm using
Four 1 TB WD Black SATA drives configured as a raid 10. I end up with a 2 TB drive to ESXi 4.
The drives are housed in a SNT (SNT-SAC3141TL 4x3.5") Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage
3ware 9650SE SATA Raid Controller
12 GB RAM
MSI N8400GS-D512H GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit PCI Express Video Card
6 GB Intel NICs
Corsaip CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply
Cooler Master Centurion 590 Black Mid-Tower
I boot from a Patriot Xporter XT Boost 150x 8gb USB Flash . The cd drive is useless here.

Since these are not rack mounted and I have so many NICs in each unit I'm using a 8 port GB switch on each system. This way I can plug all cards into the one switch and then plug the switch into the backbone. Much more convient if I need to move one of the machines. The primary ESXi and the secondary ESXi machines are housed in different locations.

Probably makes no sense to anyone but me.
I think that's pretty much it.


Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:04 am
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Does this main board and the cpu that you installed have the capability to enable VT (Virtualization)

Did you try to install 64bit vm, I am trying to create a white box with esxi 4.1 thta can let me create 64 bit vm, I need to install exchange server 2007


Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:00 am
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Yes, the board supports VT. I have not installed a 64 bit version yet but I'm pretty sure it will support 64 bit since it has to for 4.1. I have two of these, one running as a backup. They have been running over a year with no issues at all.


Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:43 am
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