HP Microserver Gen 10 Plus and vmware ESXi 7.x

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    kev2021
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    Hi all,

     

    Does anyone here use a Hp Microserver gen 10 plus (xeon processor version, not pentium processor) and use vmware esxi 7 on it?

    Did it install ok?  I’m seeing it is on the vmware compatibility list BUT when looking online, lots of posts of people saying the raid is software raid so vmware wont see the drives in microserver, you need to get a raid card so i’m slightly confused as to why it is on the compatibility list if you need extra stuff to make it compatible.  Someone else has said you put in in SATA mode and it works, someone else said they had to install esxi on a USB stick and plug that into the USb port and boot from that and use a external drive to store the VM’s, which to me defaults the purpose entirely of having a microserver with 4 drive bays you effectively can’t use.

    I have an existing HP Microserver gen8 which has been fine but I’m basically reaching the limitations of it now.. number of VMs is now maxed for the 16GB ram it can take and also esxi 7 isn’t supported on the gen 8 to my knowledge and version of esxi i have only goes up to 2012 server OS so considering getting the Gen 10 plus which can take 32Gb ram, version 7 will support higher versions of windows server OS and hopefully will support win 11 when it comes out plus the box is now smaller due to PSU being outside the case.  Also my HD’s in my sever are getting on a bit now so might be a good idea to buy new, set it up and then migrate across and then sell my HP microserver gen 8 as I have 2 of them as i can’t fun all my VM’s on 1.  1 is a dev one i use to mess around with stuff in separate network and one is my main one.  I used to run both on 1 box but ran into memory limitations when started to run SCCM so moved it to a separate box but now I’m thinking i could sell box HP Gen 8’s and put it all back on the gen 10 as HD space isn’t too much, limiting factor is mostly memory.

    Thanks

    Kev

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    HP purchased Compaq back in the day and I loved Compaq servers.

    Have you looked at PowerEdge T40 Tower Server or simular, as I have used similar on a couple of client sites in the past (standalone) and have proven a good investment.

    Dell support was great and we can muddle thru compatibility with VM’s / RAID controllers  later if that helps ?

     

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    kev2021
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    Hi, oo I see we have a new category now, thanks!

     

    I haven’t but personally I’m not a fan of Dell.  Company i work for has recently moved to Dell for hardware and I have to say, they are truely appalling.  We have had soo many issue “out of the box” that is is awful.  Not to mention the ongoing issues.

    I was looking at the HP microserver as the Gen 8 has been a nice little machine and the HP Gen 10 Plus is half the height and would be ideal but i’m not too sure about the compatibility with esxi.  it shows on the list bu as mentioned some varied reports on if it does/doesn’t work.  I bought the Gen 8 microservers for a good price due to cashback on offer etc but the Hp Gen 10 plus woudl be a fair bit more investment but as I’ve had no issues with the Gen 8 microserver, it’s been rock solid, albeit in a home environment, it on all the time and just sits there, its doesn’t make much noise, and just does what it says on the tin and has a ilo port so i can access it remotely if required, which is rare but very handy on odd occasion i do :)

    Thanks

     

    Kev

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    Created the new Category just for you

    Alas, not so knowledgeable with HP Severs but do understand your frustration with HP Gen 10 Plus requiring an additional RAID Controller,

    Is this the reference you used for VM ?

    https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

     

    For the kit I have used, I always include hardware RAID for performance  – Alas a sales inquiry to HP technical or your own supplier to gain absolute clarity is your safest bet

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    Yes, if you select HP, Tower and ESXi 7.0.2 it shows 2 x Hp Gen 10 plus on the compatibility list but no mention of needing a raid card.  As said looking on line in general searches on google shows 1 person saying you just change bios from UEFI to SATA and it works fine, another saying you need to use bootable USB stick and external storage so not too sure but as its a bit pricey, I don’t want to buy it, find it doesn’t work and then need to spend more on a controller card as they are probably 2 or 300 quid on there own.  The ilo card is extra (30 quid) just need to see if need advanced or standard license but hopefully make do with standard license and can always upgrade later if required but hopefully not.

    Vmware’s site doesn’t indicate in compatibility to say “you need raid controller or change bios mode etc”

    Plan would be to then sell my 2 x HP microserver gen 8’s if possible.

    Thanks

    Kev

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    Thanks for creating the category just for me :)

    Kev

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    If you do contact HP technical sales, let us know the outcome as I am sure this for many is a something that would be most useful ?

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    Sure, will do :)

    Kev

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