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Topic # 26273 16-Sep-2008 22:19
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Hi all,

This seems like the best forum to post this in - has anyone here been working with ESXi server?

I managed to get it installed on one of my thinkcentre machines with SATA drives - that's a P4 with hyperthreading (so it appears as two processors to some software)

What I'm curious about is whether anyone has managed to install ESXi (free version) on a multi-CPU machine - reading through the literature that's available, it seems if you want to install on a machine with more than one CPU, you need to purchase a license.

My interest in it is that a white box with multiple CPUs (especially if I can dedicate a CPU to a more performance hungry server) may work well for my Home LAN.  (No, I haven't posted my LAN diagram as it's still in progress...)

Thanks all,

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  Reply # 164958 16-Sep-2008 22:44
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I run VMware GSX on a multiple CPUs. Although GSX needs a host operating system it works well enough with the benefit of being completely free. My host operating system is a very minimalistic install of gentoo linux with a very specialised kernel. Since linux can make use of my quad core cpu  it is very efficient at dynamically allocating CPU resources to its VMware virtual machines.

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  Reply # 164970 16-Sep-2008 23:00
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GSX looks as though it's the predecessor to the free VMWare server?  I've got that working, but I'm looking at avoiding having an actual "OS" at the base of the system, and rely on the VMWare hypervisor exclusively.

Of course, I don't mind Server v1 - but the v2 with all the web bits bolted really didn't operate very well for me.

I might have to get a multiCPU box and try (with a backup plan if it fails)

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