I've spent some time looking, and haven't been able to find a decent HCL for the current and past versions of XenServer.

I have 3 HP Proliant DL360 G3's that I want to use for virtualization. They all have dual Xeon processors @ 3.06 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM (I'm getting much more for them though), integrated 5i controllers, etc.

I've tried to install few versions of ESXi and ESX, some with the DL360 G# on the HCL, and some without. I've had limited success with every version. I did get ESX 3.5 running, but I'm a little bit disappointed with it's feature set and want something a little more modern. I've heard that XenServer has a much broader range of supported hardware.

Does anyone know what versions of XenServer officially support the DL360 G3, or where I could find an HCL that includes all versions of XenServer?


I'd really like to say that you should avoid using any G3 ProLiant in 2013... especially for virtualization... Anywho, the XenServer HCL does not include the G3 ProLiants. You need a 64-bit CPU per the XenServer software requirements.

One or more 64-bit x86 CPU(s), 1.5 GHz minimum, 2 GHz or faster multicore CPU recommended

The HP ProLiant DL360 G3 systems were introduced in 2003 and went end-of-life around 2005. These are Pentium 4 Xeon processors. There are only two parallel SCSI drives. They're 32-bit only. At this juncture ANY modern computer will perform better (even a desktop).

  • If you try to boot XenServer on a 32bit platform it will crash. As I recall the G4s were the first to make it to the HCL, but @ewwhite is right. Even a low end desktop would do better and have more supported HW. – Jacob Apr 14 '13 at 17:22
  • Thanks for your speedy reply. I know that these machines are old, but in the interest of time (I need a temporary hypervisor up soon), this is what I've got to work with. But how can the system support 8GB of RAM if it is only 32-bit? Or is the system 64-bit and the processors 32-bit? Thanks again. – Libbux Apr 14 '13 at 17:24
  • @ewwwhite Is there any way to tell that these CPUs aren't Cranford or Potomac Xeons? – Libbux Apr 14 '13 at 17:37
  • The processors in that series of server were codenamed Foster and Prestonia. The Cranford and Potomac were introduced with the HP ProLiant G4-series servers (which I also don't recommend for virtualization use). Those can run virtualization software in a limited capacity (but they lack VT extensions required by current virtualization suites). – ewwhite Apr 14 '13 at 17:53
  • @ewwhite Thanks. So, just to get this straight: Are these machines classified as 32-bit or 64-bit (even though these CPUs are clearly 31-bit)? – Libbux Apr 17 '13 at 20:22

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