VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) – on Dell Poweredge T310 Server

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) – on Dell Poweredge T310 Server

Hi guys,

After working my way through VMWare Hpervisor (ESXi) I am now glad to be able to say that I have managed to get it to install & run on a Dell Poweredge T310 Server with: 8GB DDR3 ram, 4 x 146GB SAS 15k Hard drives in a Raid 5 array hanging off a Perc6i Controller.

Dell Poweredge T310

Before you say I know Raid 5 is not the best config for this kind of setup but it’s cheap and as long as you have daily frequent backups like me then there is no problem.
Hypervisor ESXi is running on a bare metal install and then Microsoft’s Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011) is running as a virtual machine on top of that. Just want to say it runs fine and I am only running it on two cores at the moment. My next plan is to up the server to 32GB ram.

PS – I also ran the conversion tool on my existing SBS 2011 server to convert the install into a virtual one and was amazed that the vmware conversion only took approx 18mins over a gigabit network.

Hope this helps anyone who is wondering if this kind of setup works.

John Tankard

4 thoughts on “VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) – on Dell Poweredge T310 Server”

  1. thanks for the information. I was going to do this for a client running SBS2003 because their dental program requires a $1000 charge to get the database license updated to work on 2008 server. The SBS 2003 works fine (now that exchange is off of it) and this’ll be a cheap fix vs a $2300 server, $1000 sql upgrade price and my time to move everything. thanks

    1. Hi Jamie, myself running raid 5, none whatsoever… runs like a dream…. there doesent even seem to be a slight bottleneck between the VM layer…. hope that helps….


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