Dell T5500 for VMWare ESXi

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Dell T5500 for VMWare ESXi

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Hi, I'm planning building a VMWare Virtual Lab and I'm considering buying a used T5500. Questions regarding this build will this be good enough to run VMWare ESXi 5.1, and if something goes bad with my PSU can I replace it with Seasonic Platinum series for example? I will be running Windows 2012 Server, exchange, Winodws 7, 8 to test and learn...

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Dell-Precision-T5500-Xeon-Quad-Core-E5530-2-4GHz-12GB-300GB-SAS-DVD-RW-RadeonH-/300997036836?pt=DE_Technik_Computer_Peripherieger%C3%A4te_PC_Systeme&hash=item4614d24b24

Thank you.

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  • You should be able to replace the power supply with a third-party PSU.

    The configuration should be ok - you probably won't be able to run Exchange in a VM with much else with this configuration).  Your real bottleneck is going to be the controller.  I would recommend using a PERC 6/i not a SAS 6/iR.  It seems to come with a single 300GB SAS disk ... are you getting more disks?