Hi all , I’m looking at building a virtualization server from older pc parts, only requirements are dual cpu, pcie-3 slots ddr3 and preferably 10-16 core cpus ,any ideas. Also looking as budget as possible.
Forgot to mention I will be running 2 windows 10 vm’s (one will be my nas one will be my Digital Combat Simulator Server PC, the final one will be a linux mint distro).
I was all set on picking up 2x Intel® Xeon®E5-2680 Processor and the dell MOTHERBOARD 82WXT motherboard which i found pretty cheaply on ebay, but I’m unable to find a case to fit this motherboard into.
Appreciate any replies , and sorry if this is in the wrong place…
I just finished a budget build similar to what you are looking to do and also found it hard to source certain parts due to limited stock, the case especially.
based on the information you provided my suggestion would be to find an ATX sized board, which makes finding a cheap case a lot easier. Also I would suggest staying away from the Dell precision motherboards only because they do not include an IPMI/BMC which can be helpful for remote diagnostics. Here is a good board which includes dual 8 core CPU (E5-2650) and some RAM all for $200:
Yeah that sounds like a plan. That feeling though when you’ve already put a best offer In on something on eBay and it won’t let you cancel it arrrgghh here’s hoping he turns it down but I doubt it for 10$ less than asking price
OK Not sure if this is the place to put it (if not please point me in the right direction) but I’ve decided I’m gonna go with the suggestion made and purchase the 200$ deal posted above (I’ve also found a pretty good deal on 128GB of DDR3 ECC RAM) , the questions that I have now all pertain to virtualization and what would be the best method for me to go about what I am attempting to Achieve.
I currently run one media/file server that has a storage spaces pool of 10TB’ of data (5TB used) which is currently hooked up to multiple drives via a PCIe SATA expansion card. (I have 7 drives in this machine of varying sizes)
A DCS (a flight sim) Server that only uses 2 hard drives (one is an NVME drive that the games server runs off) and a regular SSD as the OS drive. Both the above systems are running Win 10 x64 Pro
Then finally just a basic linux mint server for me to mess around on.
My first real question is what would be the best way to managed all this storage so that my VM’s only have access to certain drives.
Not sure if creating one massive pool with all the drives in it then choosing which drives are assigned to which machine is the way to go (only got so far as installing the hypervisor on a test pc and uploading the linux mint iso so far just to check it out)
sorry for the wall of text but this is my first time trying this out!
Yeah Unraid is interesting but the 139$ price tag for the unlimited version i would require due to the amount of storage devices is kinda putting me off.
Finally is there an option to use the existing setup you have (for example I dont really want to have to re install all the software on my DCS server or my NAS server) can i just make disk images and transfer them to the VM’s??
Nope, assigned simply means they are part of the array. Drives can exist outside of the array and can be used for different purposes (landing drives, appdata drives for docker containers, and drives for vm passthrough).
Aha so in my case I could setup unraid to basically just have all the drives as pass through then use windows to manage the drives themselves into storage spaces etc. Without breaking the limit on unraid (the other two pcs only both use 2 drives Max👍) it’s really only my Nas server that has a lot of drives