Virtual Host Beast

Last fall I priced out a machine to host virtual machines for a coworker of mine. Well, all the pieces finally arrived, and last night we put it together.

Holy cow, talk about a beastly machine, so much so in fact, that it is called esx-beast. The case, with the hot swap SATA hard drive bays is quite a nice touch too. Watching all those LEDs blink in unison when configured in a RAID5 was quite a treat to watch.

The megaRAID card functioned flawlessly too, which is a good thing. ESX found it without any problems, and he now has 500 GB of redundant usable space. If I had money, and didn’t have a functioning machine myself, I would definitely look at getting a similar box.

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