Since I have been playing with cheap servers ( low cost ) but Enterprise quality. I decided to start playing more and more with ESXI 6.0. playing with all the paid features and seeing what the systems can actually do I started having more and more fun, plus learning a-lot. I don’t get to play with this type of stuff at work, just fix the hardware. So i grabbed a few servers from a local recycling company that refurbishes them & warranty’s them.
I traded in the R710 for two machines. A R210 & R610. My goal is to buy another R610 & a R310, this will allow me to build a cluster and move LIVE virtual machines from one machine to the other with out disrupting service. ITS A HOME LAB but it’s learning and having fun doing it, hey ya never know maybe this will come in handy later in the future..
So the goal is :
2 R610’s with 64gigs ram in each and DUAL 6core xeons
R310 with 4 x 2tb drives & 10gigabit SFP+ link for each server
R210 a Vcenter controller.
I also just started playing with Veeam, DAMN this software is free and freaking Awesome !! I installed it on a Dedicated Spare Optiplex 790 with 8 gigs ram and a 1tb drive running windows 7 pro, this allows me to RDP to the box and start manual virtual machine backups. I’ve actually backed up all my vms off the R710 and pushed them back to the new R610 with out any issues. HUGE smiled that day!!