VM Server #2 Upgrade

VM Server 1 is getting a bit overloaded so I’ve decided to upgrade a 2nd PC to act as a 2nd virtualisation host.  Upgrade components will be:

  • Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R
  • 4 x 2GB OCZ DDR3 sticks
  • Intel i3 530 CPU

This should make it roughly the same specs as VM server 1 (ie. quad cores, 8GB of RAM).

Update: Turns out at least one stick of the RAM is completely defective (can’t even install the OS when it’s in) and the system occassionally blue screens with the other 3.  So now it’s down to just 3 gigs.  Also, the RAID array’s performance is being compromised by one of the drives lacking native command queuing.

Upgrades and how they can change

The “old” PC I have was upgraded to Windows 7 but it just couldn’t cut it. The poor thing was a dual-core Athlon X2 with only 2gigs of RAM and a 3-drive RAID 5 array. I have since found out that the support for the chipset on the board from nVidia is basically non-existant and there is no support for running Windows 7 on that platform. Add to that the woeful performance and I decided to upgrade… Halfway through doing the hardware upgrade I decided to put Windows 2008 R2 on instead and setup the machine as a second virtualisation system, as the primary is now getting overloaded. I’ll be fleshing out the details on the home network page over time.

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