October 10, 2021

My Test Rig

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)
iSCSI Storage:
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.

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