Well supported virtual host

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  1. PhilE

    PhilE New Member

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    Looking to put together something from scratch - MTB, Procs, memory and disk.

    I want a mainboard that's had good support (nothing too new, nothing too old) with the capacity to plug 2 sockets and support up to 64GB RAM. Disk performance rather than capacity the important thing, so 6GBps SATA support required.

    If anyone's had good experiences with APUs, I'd like to hear it, but better still, if you have a rock-solid platform for stability and speed with no frills, I'd love to hear about it.


    (Will be running a number of VMs over VirtualBOX with downlevel access to FreeNAS and also local storage for VDKs, etc.

    Ideas? Thanks in advance.
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  2. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Lots of VMs tells me you need more cores then anything else. I would NOT go with an APU. They are low-powered and just don't have very good Linux support at the moment.

    If you get a motherboard that supports a quad or Hexa core CPU then it should support 64Gb ram (maybe even quad-linked memory).
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  3. PhilE

    PhilE New Member

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    Thanks Ryanvade. Oh, Did I mention that I'm happy to have a head-less box? So my next question would be are there any custom shops out there that would put together something as above?

    Thanks again.

    PhilE
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    What I would recommend is possibly looking around e-bay for a used server. You can get some decent ones for cheap. One of the main things you will want to look for doing VMs is having lots of memory. In my experience that is the resource you will normally run out of first.

    If you are just planning on using this machine to run VMs I would also recommend you look into Proxmox. I will put a link at the end of my post. Proxmox is a free open source VM solution that runs directly on the server. This way you have just Proxmox between your VMs and the hardware. It eliminates the unneeded layer of having a full linux OS underneath VirtualBox. From what time I have spent playing with it Proxmox has proven to be very easy to install and use. It is also very robust and scalable.

    http://www.proxmox.com/proxmox-ve
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  5. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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