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  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #80

    martyfelker said: View Post
    Yes indeed - this build is the best!. Once I removed the Sandbox feature VMware and Virtualbox are working great. I would advise people to try using an old machine (like the 10 year old HP Proliant I have) as an ESXI server.
    @martyfelker

    Hi there.

    I have 3 of those Proliant servers -- all are the Microserver variety. 2 in use and one as "Spare".

    I have one GEN 8 and 1 GEN 10 -- both work absolutely flawless. I did replace the Intel Celeron in the GEN 8 one with a XEON dual processor and it still flies. On the Gen 8 I replaced the DVD with an SSD and changed the built in RAID to AHCI. This meant I couldn't boot directly to the SSD but it will boot from an internal micro SD card (inside the machine on the mobo) so I have my Linux /boot partition on that and the rest of the OS on the SSD. The Gen 10 boots directly from the SSD port.

    I run Linux on these and Windows VM's - Using VMware the VM's boot fine. I also use these microservers as NAS, stream video / audio to smart TV / amazon fire TV boxes and store backups etc.

    (I also have a spare Gen 8 Microserver which I'll use if one of the others fails - currently it's idle).

    I like the microservers as they have a very small footprint, are built as servers so designed for 24/7 running , have 4 bays for HDD's, 2 NIC's each and enough USB ports if required.

    These boxes can still often be found on places like ebay - really cheap so anybody considering what to use as a NAS or test bed - especially for a load of VM's should consider these reliable bits of kit.

    @CountMike

    Not a fan of sticky notes whether physical tacky bits of yellow paper or software. Just looks messy -- if I can't remember stuff then IMO it's not worth doing !!!!!! -- just my take on it though. I like a reasonably clean desk as I have loads of hardware and other things so if I want to experiment I need a properly organised work space !!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    jimbo45 said: View Post
    @martyfelker

    Hi there.

    I have 3 of those Proliant servers -- all are the Microserver variety. 2 in use and one as "Spare".

    I have one GEN 8 and 1 GEN 10 -- both work absolutely flawless. I did replace the Intel Celeron in the GEN 8 one with a XEON dual processor and it still flies. On the Gen 8 I replaced the DVD with an SSD and changed the built in RAID to AHCI. This meant I couldn't boot directly to the SSD but it will boot from an internal micro SD card (inside the machine on the mobo) so I have my Linux /boot partition on that and the rest of the OS on the SSD. The Gen 10 boots directly from the SSD port.

    I run Linux on these and Windows VM's - Using VMware the VM's boot fine. I also use these microservers as NAS, stream video / audio to smart TV / amazon fire TV boxes and store backups etc.

    (I also have a spare Gen 8 Microserver which I'll use if one of the others fails - currently it's idle).

    I like the microservers as they have a very small footprint, are built as servers so designed for 24/7 running , have 4 bays for HDD's, 2 NIC's each and enough USB ports if required.

    These boxes can still often be found on places like ebay - really cheap so anybody considering what to use as a NAS or test bed - especially for a load of VM's should consider these reliable bits of kit.

    @CountMike

    Not a fan of sticky notes whether physical tacky bits of yellow paper or software. Just looks messy -- if I can't remember stuff then IMO it's not worth doing !!!!!! -- just my take on it though. I like a reasonably clean desk as I have loads of hardware and other things so if I want to experiment I need a properly organised work space !!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Lol. my memory is more like RAM than like HDD, I used and empty .txt file for temporary notes even during DOS times. It's name was sticky.txt.
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  3. martyfelker's Avatar
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    Dual Boot Windows 10 IP Build 18865/Debian 9.8 Kernel 5.0.0
       #82

    Thans for this information on your setup .. Mine is not nearly as well developed and I think my Proliant Server is Gen 5 or thereabouts. It can run Windows Server but the Xeon Processor does not have full virtualization - don't think it was available. But ESXI 6.5 (it can't run ESXi 6.7 requires fewer resources. I have completely abandoned doing anything with my wife's new computer which, not surprisingly is identical to mine - except she has more storage. BTW she was one of the many completely screwed by MS last October and lost hundreds of great photos,
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