LAB upgrade – finally :-)


Today, early afternoon I got (little bit late Christmas gift from Santa Claus 🙂 ) my brand new workstation to my LAB, finally, and my old laptop can rest 🙂 . I bought completely new workstation with 16GB RAM, SSD disk and so on.Later on, when prices for HDDs get down, now HHDs prices are insane due to flood in Thailand, I will buy 4 x 1TB  SATA III disks and create RAID 1+ 0 but for the moment 300GB single  drive must be enough.


Below specification:

  • CPU –  Intel XEON E3-1225 – 4 x 3.1 GHz
    Technical specs
  • MOBO – ASUS P8Z68-V LX
    Technical specs
  • HDD – OCZ Agility SSD drive 120GB SATA III (525MB/500MB, 55k IOPS write, 85k IOPS read)
    Technical specs
  • RAM- Kingstone 16GB (4x4GB) RAM PC1600 – KHX1600C9D3X2K2
    Technical specs
  • Power supply – PURE POWER 430W
  • LG DVD  recorder
  • OS – Ubuntu 11.10 x64 and VMware workstation 8.0.1
  • Cost – 660 EUR

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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Im curious about running almost the same setup as you are running, but i thought about running Esxi5 directly on the server & then run 2*virtual esxi5 on it. I will use my NAS as storage with ISCSI.

What worries me the most is that the xeon processor will not work on the Asus motherboard, do you have the revision number on yours? Because i can’t find anywhere on Asus site that the motherboard support Xeon e3 processors even though you obviously have it running just fine.

Adil M.

Any alternative processors than the one that is listed, probably something cheaper?

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

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