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ML10 v ML10v2 - For First Server


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New to the forum, and really enjoying all the discussions.  :)

 

I would love to get everyone's opinion on this. I'm looking to build my first home lab for working on virtualization and a number of work related and personal projects. I definitely see a lot of VM's in the future, not super high performance but maybe 10-20. There are a lot of things I'm looking to experiment with and learn so finding the most flexible base platform is my goal. This is something I'm going to be working with daily for as long as I possibly can keep it alive. 

 

I'm going to run a full vCenter setup, preferably off an SSD and then the have 1TB Raid (1) for my VM's datastores. The big question is, it there a significant enough difference between the ML10 and ML10v2 to justify spending the extra $200. My budget is tight, just graduated school, and see that $200 as RAM and SSD money I could be spending. Also to specify I am comparing the Xeon E3-1220v2 to the Xeon E3-1220v3. 

 

 

I'm trying to keep the total cap on spending < $500, I'm amazed that this is even possible at this price point to be honest. I'm glad I found this forum and the ML10's because before this I was looking at getting an ancient Intel server with dual xeons that would do a great job at turning my electricity into heat and noise. 

 

Let me know what you guys think, Can't wait to share my progress with everyone. 

Peter

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Oh ok.

VMware has verified the ML10v2 in the Xeon configuration.

 

The ML10v2 motherboard doesn't have an SD slot on it like the MicroServer gen 8, right? I haven't heard of that add on until my recent server hunting, I'm intrigued to say the least.

 

Thanks!

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Interesting turn of events. I've somehow managed to secure a price on a new Dell t320 with an e5-2407, 4 drive chasis, 4gb Ram, and 500gb hhd for $539 shipped. vs the ml10v2 I'm looking at $450 shipped. 

 

What would you guys do? I'm leaning more to the ML10v2, though the Dell is maybe more robust I find every little thing has a greater cost.

CPU in the ML10v2 seems a smidge better also, might be better in short term for what I need to use it for.

 

I do have the option for a 8 drive chasis, with perc H310 Raid card @ $777. That's like a dream setup but just pricey.

 

If it's worth it I'd take the plunge, but I'm not quite sure. I added the prices here because I definitely need some guidance. From where I stand now I feel like I'm choosing between a mustang and a jeep, the mustang is going to be fun in spurts but the jeep will get me through it all and keep going with little maintenance.. Am I right about this?

 

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The decision has been made. Just found an excellent deal on an HP ML10v2. It has the i3 processor but is new and comes with decent RAM && HDD. 

 

The i7 upgrade potentionals look good, has anyone upgraded from the i3 to xeon? Just curious.

 

Wow, first server has been ordered!! Very exciting!

 

Pete

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The decision has been made. Just found an excellent deal on an HP ML10v2. It has the i3 processor but is new and comes with decent RAM && HDD. 

 

The i7 upgrade potentionals look good, has anyone upgraded from the i3 to xeon? Just curious.

 

Wow, first server has been ordered!! Very exciting!

 

Pete

 

Congratulations!  The ML10v2 is a great piece of machine!

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The decision has been made. Just found an excellent deal on an HP ML10v2. It has the i3 processor but is new and comes with decent RAM && HDD. 

 

The i7 upgrade potentionals look good, has anyone upgraded from the i3 to xeon? Just curious.

 

Wow, first server has been ordered!! Very exciting!

 

Pete

 

 

I upgraded mine from the stock configuration to the following:

 

Intel Xeon® CPU E3-1265L v3 @ 2.50GHz (45W). Replacing the stock Intel® Pentium® G2130 (55W)
KINGSTON KVR16E11K4/32 32GB (4x 8GB) DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL11 UNBUFFERED ECC. Replacing the stock 4GB ram
 

And several other additions which you can see in following thread.

 

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10751-second-fan-in-hp-ml10-and-new-machine-setup/#entry112803

 

Enjoy your server :)

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