[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Jim Holtzman]
Continuing the saga of virtualizing EBS at home.
Step 1: Set a budget for dating EBS. This is coming out of my pocket so I set a hard limit of $2000. Done.
Step 2: Determine hardware requirements. I read the following:
I'm going to aim for the following: 16GB RAM, 4 fast hard drives (10k RPM), two quad-core procs (64-bit, of course), two NICS. Ambitious. Let's see what I find.
Pre-built serverI looked at several vendors and quickly determined it was not possible to meet budget with a pre-built machine. Not even close. Maybe this date is going nowhere fast.
DIY serverA do-it-yourself server just might keep things moving. I've built desktops before. Not servers. I'll give it a shot. Here's my list of hardware priced out:
Total: $2,079 - over budget. Cut out the second quad-core proc.
New total: $1,852. The date is progressing.
I placed the order. Hope I didn't forget something important. You'll let me know, right?
Note: I'm not meeting all the hardware requirements suggested by the EBS team. I don't have a RAID set. I don't have a second processor. Consider this a test environment setup.