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Changing Processors on HP ProLiant DL360 G5

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Changing Processors on HP ProLiant DL360 G5



I have set up a test lab for VSphere 4.1.  I have 2x HP Prolaint DL360 G5 servers each with 2x Intel Xeon 5150 (Dual Core 2.66GHz) processors, and 8GB of RAM.  It works great for most of the features of VSphere (VMotion, DRS, DPM). 

Unfortunately, the Xeon 5150 CPUs do not support replay/record, and this is required to run VSphere in HA configuration. 


Since budget is a concern, I am trying to avoid spending $500 per CPU for an HP-branded CPU that has replay/record since this is a test lab.  Is it possible to install a regular retail Intel Xeon LGA771 processor (ex. E5430) and use the existing heat sinks?