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Re: VMware Setup - Am I missing anything?

Occasional Contributor

VMware Setup - Am I missing anything?

Last time I built a VMware setup, I used a 1040 SAN. This time, I hope to crank up the speed a bit. The 1040 is not the fastest.

I came up with ZERO pre-sales support from HPE or Ingram Micro, so here I am. If any of you do these setups on a regular basis and are bored enough, and kind enough, to check my config, I would sure appreciate it.

This end user has a relatively modest budget and 4 servers to virtualize at this point. Is this overkill? Yep. They will definitely have the ability to add storage, memory, and VM's when needed. I'm looking for any input you folks have. Thank you.

1)  (2) HP DL380 G9 Server 867448-S01
2)  (2) HP DL380 G9 Redundant Power Supply - 500W Product 720478-B21
3)  (2) HP DL380 G9 Processor Kit Product 817927-B21
4)  (2) HP DL380 G9 16GB RAM Module Product 836220-B21
5)  (3) HP GL380 G9 8GB Micro SD card Product 726116-B21
6)  (2) HP DL380 G8 or G9 Cable Management Arm Product 720865-B21
7)  (1) HPE MSA 2042 SAN with flash acceleration Product Q0F06A
8)  (5) HP900GB 10k RPM 12Gbps 2.5" SAS Drive For MSA Product J9F47A
9)  (2) HP 24 Port Managed Gigabit Switch Product 2920-24G
10)  (6) HPE X242 10G SFP+ to SFP+ Direct Attach Copper Cable 9.8 Feet Product J9283B
11)  (2) HP 530SFP+ 10Gb Ethernet Card Product 652503-B21

Honored Contributor

Re: VMware Setup - Am I missing anything?

As far as I can see:

This DAC Cable is not Supportet for the MSA (look in MSA QuickSpec).

The Switch can do only 1GB (is it right)? If so you can not use 10GB DAC Cable.

Use an 10GB Switch 59xx.

I prefer 6 SAS Disks, so you can configure 2 Disk Pools (one per Controller).

The MSA2041 will have a lot of Power for 4 ESX Server,  but not with 1GB iSCSI.

I'm not an HPE employee, so I can be wrong.
Occasional Contributor

Re: VMware Setup - Am I missing anything?

Thank you for your response. 

The description of the switch says:

"In addition, the 2920 switch series supports up to four optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet (SFP+ and/or 10GBASE-T) ports, as well as a two-port stacking module. These options provide you with flexible and easy-to-deploy uplinks and stacking."

I will look into the DAC cable. That's a bummer!

Thanks for the advice on the disks.