I'm looking for suggestions for a small lab I'm going to have to build. The requirements are as follows

  • Virtualization support (so I can run vmware esxi, kvm, hyper-v, etc) - just a couple of lightly loaded VMs, this is not for production.
  • At least 8Gb of available RAM (ECC only optional)
  • At least 2 (I'd rather have 4) CPU cores
  • Power management (IPMI or other, so I can fence) and IP KVM (iLO/DRAC/IMM/RSA/whatever)
  • 2 HDDs (4 - even better)
  • Possibility of going up to 4 NICs
  • TPM support
  • Very small chassis size - going under my desk

I've only come up with HP MicroServer (I'm not sure I can puth an iLO3 and an extra NIC in there though). Also found Fujitsu PRIMERGY MX130 S2, but I couldn't google anything about it's use as a hypervisor.

A suggestion to get a small Optiplex came in, but I do need power management and IPKVM, and whether I can put a DRAC in there I'm really not sure.

Are there any additional platforms I've missed? What about other solutions to my set of requirements?


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  • Not sure that this is the right forum for hardware advice, however "server" and "small chassis" seems like something of an oxymoron - might be helpful if you said what it was going to be serving, what availaiblity required, why 4 NICs.... – symcbean Jan 9 '12 at 12:27
  • As I've said - this is not for production, just to test out certain features of different platforms, under almost no real load. The extra NICs are there so I can see multipathing and bonding work, the IPMI card is there so I can see HA features that would rely on fencing in action. And IPKVM is there in case I need to access this microlab remotely - I like working from home. – dyasny Jan 9 '12 at 13:30
  • The "what should I buy" kind of questions is discouraged here at Serverfault. You should rephrase your question as "will the HP MicroServer run ESXi/Hyper-V/whatever virtualization solution?" to prevent it from being closed. – the-wabbit Jan 9 '12 at 14:08
  • @syneticon-dj actually, I know the answer to that one :) This is why I'm looking for alternatives - I just want to avoid getting HP if I can. – dyasny Jan 9 '12 at 15:19
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    In this case, it is off-topic here. You should take a look at the TX120 S3, it might be an interesting choice – the-wabbit Jan 9 '12 at 16:07

For HP Microserver: Quickspecs url of HP Microserver: http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13716_na/13716_na.pdf

There isn't ILO but there is an optional management card name"MicroServer Remote Access Card". You can also add the following optional NIC "HP NC112T PCI Express Gigabit Server Adapter".

  • Thanks, I've been through the HP specs, and indeed I seem to be able to add the extra NIC along with a control card. Still open for additional suggestions that are not HP - I'm not much of a fan – dyasny Jan 9 '12 at 13:31

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