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So then guys,

 

My new micro server turns up tomorrow and the intention is to use it as a home lab and to replace my ageing synology DS211J with xpenology.

Specs are:

 

1  HP ProLiant Gen8 G1610T MicroServer

1  Kingston 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2)

4  Seagate 2TB BARRACUDA 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache

1  Kingston 120GB SSDNow V300 2.5inch SSD 

  1. I plan to use the SSD for vFlash Read Cache, however now i'm starting to wonder if this feature is supported on the free version of ESXi? I really hope i haven't bought the SSD for nothing!
  2. How can i manage the server from OS X? Web client? What client offers the most features for configuring the VMs, networks and storage?
  3. I have plenty of test VMs (about 50 configured for VMWare workstation/fusion) on my mac currently. What's the easiest way to transfer them to the ESXi host? (and before anyone starts, these VMs aren't always on, they'll just be there for spinning up when i need one)

Many thanks

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So then guys,

 

My new micro server turns up tomorrow and the intention is to use it as a home lab and to replace my ageing synology DS211J with xpenology.

Specs are:

 

1  HP ProLiant Gen8 G1610T MicroServer

1  Kingston 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2)

4  Seagate 2TB BARRACUDA 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache

1  Kingston 120GB SSDNow V300 2.5inch SSD 

  1. I plan to use the SSD for vFlash Read Cache, however now i'm starting to wonder if this feature is supported on the free version of ESXi? I really hope i haven't bought the SSD for nothing!
  2. How can i manage the server from OS X? Web client? What client offers the most features for configuring the VMs, networks and storage?
  3. I have plenty of test VMs (about 50 configured for VMWare workstation/fusion) on my mac currently. What's the easiest way to transfer them to the ESXi host? (and before anyone starts, these VMs aren't always on, they'll just be there for spinning up when i need one)

Many thanks

 

1. You need a Enterprise Plus license for vFRC. You also need a vCenter instance running somewhere to be able to use it. You can't manage it via the old vSphere client as they never added support for it. It has to be done via the web client which needs vCenter.

2. You need to use your copy of VMware Workstation to manage your vSphere host using OSX. It'll let you connect to your vSphere host and admin it. The old fat vSphere client is Windows only and you can't get vCenter for the web client without paying for vSphere. Last I heard, the browser plugin you need for remote console access didn't work under OSX so you may still have issues. The "easiest" option to get the vSphere client running is to have a Windows VM just to run it...

3. You can transfer your VMs using workstation or the vSphere client if you get it running.

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