Originally Posted by Mfusick
I think it would be cool to test out OS and configure different systems different ways without messing up my main rig. All I need to do is swap my cheapo CPU (G860) for a socket 1155 server CPU I guess.
Any suggestions? How could I know what CPU work best with virtualization ???
I think my Asrock Mobo and IBM M1015 should work ok.
I once suggested that you should try ESXi just because I know you are the type of person to get into it. But here is the thing... I don't have a desktop work station, so I have my server doing things besides just sitting there sharing files. So you have to decide on why you want it and what all you will run on it. For me it was mainly just to learn something new. Also just to clean up WHS (now moved up to WSE2012) to just a clean install. I can now play with other programs and reboot them and WSE just keeps running.
I would get a Xeon just in case you ever want to upgrade to a server board. You would have to decide if you want a chip with graphics or not. The only thing you need a graphics card for is to install ESXi after that it all done remotely. My server motherboard has graphics built in , so buying a zeon without graphics helped justify the cost of going all server hardware. If you go with an i7 don't use a K chip as they don't support passthrough.
As far as your Asrock motherboard. Best thing to do is search your model number and ESXi Whiteboxes and copy what is known to work. Something as simple as a nic chipset and you may have to jump through hoops to get it to work.
Passing though the M1015 is usually a piece of cake. But passing individual sata ports from the motherboard can be done but requires some command line work. I have not personally done it myself. My WSE VM only uses the M1015, none off of the mother board. The other thing you need to know is if your Asrock can run 2 M1015s. Many consumer motherboards may have a problem with this.Edited by Andy_Steb - 7/25/13 at 2:51pm