ASUS DSBV-DX/SAS with ESXi 3.5 Update 4
Here is our newly assembled whitebox.
Mobo: ASUS DSBV-DX/SAS
CPU: Intel Xeon 5405 * 2
MEM: Infineon fully buffered DIMM 4G * 4
HD: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS(500G/7200RPM) * 4, group in raid 1E
ESXi 3.5 Update 4: successfully recognize the RAID 1E, keep runing 24 hours daily since April.
Host VM: 4 windows 2003 R2 system for dummy test, 1 Ubuntu 8.X(One of my coollegue is crazy about it, and he decide to upgrade it to 9.X enterprise version), 3 Windows 2003 standard version for internal develope & test role as DB server & web server.
The ESXi can also recognize the RAID 0/1/10 created by the on-borad LSI 1068 chips without any morphing at installation. However not fully tested.
As the slim budget, we choose enterprise level SATAII hard disk at present. Hope the economic cyrsis get off soon the end of this year.
May try the optional ZCR(zero channel raid) LSI 8300XLP later, while not quite shure it can fully supported by the ESXi.
If anybody here have use the 8300XLP in ESXi server?
The memory is really, really, really hot! The ASUS website recommand a optional MemCooler while not available here in Shanghai, China(We work at AmCham Shangha
i). We decide to buy it overboard, any suggestion?
At the last, truely thanks to Dave.Mishchenko giving us many clues alone the way, check this thread