I have been asked a couple times why type of system I use at home to test VMware VI3/vSphere configurations.
Here is a quick rundown of my Test Rig:
|System:||Dell XPS 720|
|Processor:||Intel Q6600 (2.4GHz Quad Core w/VT enabled)|
|Memory:||8GB (Max supported)|
|Internal Drives:||4 Seagate 500GB with 2 500GB RAID 1 Mirrors (onboard RAID)|
|External Drives:||2 Seagate 250GB in a Rosewill USB/eSATA enclosure in RAID 1|
|Operating System:||Window Vista Ultimate x64 SP2|
|Virtualization Layer:||VMware Workstation (can’t tell which version)|
||Starwind iSCSI SAN|
Pretty much anything I need to test, configure, or reference I can perform on this single box.
I used to run VMware Workstation 6.5x, but am now running a different version.
It just goes to show that not a lot of hardware can go a long way.
I’m planning on moving to Windows 7 before too long. From what I have seen, I should get a decent performance boost.