Posts Tagged ‘vCenter’
So you’ve decided: You want to build yourself an ESX(i) environment while minimizing cost. But how do you choose between available hardware? In this blogpost I will be focussing on my recent Whitebox server selecgtion and how I got to my configuration out of all available components.
Different ways of getting to a successful Whitebox config
There are several different ways of getting to a cheap Whitebox configuration. So far I’ve been seeing four approaches:
- Build one big Windows/Linux server and run everything virtual (so virtual ESX nodes on VMware Workstation);
- Build one big ESX(i) server and run everything virtual (so virtual ESX nodes on the physical ESX node);
- Build two smaller ESX(i) servers (surprise suprise… this can actually be cheaper over one big node!);
- Buy a complete (supported) system (Like Dell or HP).
New and improved in vSphere: Datastore alarms. Very nice to have, but some of these alarms are so generic, that datastores are simply always in an alarmed state. Errors like “non-VI workload detected” on your ISO LUN, “Datastore usage on disk” and so on. Here’s how to loose these errors on certain stores while enforcing them on others.