[ngw] ESXI 3.5 vs ESXi 4.0 (multi posted)

Keith Larson KLarson at K12GROUP.NET
Sat Apr 24 14:12:53 UTC 2010

I would caution anyone against Virtualize NetWare.  It can be done and I
have a few small utility type servers virtualized, but I tried
virtualizing a full server with shared folder and users home directories
and nearly had a mutiny because of performance.  I also tried
virtualizing a server that was nothing more than the Symantec parent
server for several hundred workstations.  All that they would do is get
signature updates from it, nothing else.  That didn't go well either. 
It had been moved back to a physical server and it working well.  We
haven't gone to EPP yet we are still at Corporate Edition for SAV.
OES2SP1/SLES10SP2 has been fine virtualized with several hundred users
hitting an NSS volume.
Keith Larson
Franklin Computer Services - K12 Group
(614) 561-4887
klarson at k12group.net

>>> "zzz" <zzz at minneapolis.edu> 4/23/2010 10:53 PM >>>
If you are worried about VMWARE perfomance on older hardware, possibly
do some testing and monitor memory, CPU and NIC utiiliztion.  Should
present in the local VM client install.

Not sure on the novell end, (I do have a couple of OES2 in virtual,
including GW8 1000 user server) but  I have plenty of production
W2K8 64 bit guest VMs running on HP DL380 G5 ESX 3.5 cluster on SAN
no major performance problems.
NIC utilization has not been an issue at my site with the onboard HP

However, if you do have the chance, "VMWARE 4"  would be the preferred
option to move to.

Hope this helps.
Thank you


>>> Danita Zanre <dzanre.ngwlist at gmail.com> 4/23/2010 4:42:06 PM >>>
I of course can use whatever I want because I'm not a big company, so
ESXi 3.5 on a my 32 bit server, and it works very well.  On my 64bit
I'm worried that ESXi 4.0 will not work, but I need 64 bit VMs (thanks
Novell <heehee>), so I'm running Server 2.0 on that for the 64 bit
my take is that unless you need to actually have 64 bit VMs for
3.5 has been perfectly fine for my needs, which aren't as great as
large companies, but greater than most of my small company clients.


On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM, Joe Acquisto
<joe.acquisto at gmail.com>wrote:

> Certainly there is enough experience and options on these lists to
> Wondering if the "real world" performance difference, if any,
> ESXi 3.5 (32 bit) and 4.0 (64 bit) is worth having to go hunt up an
> "approved" 64 bit machine?
> Guest performance, of primary interest.
> I have several older servers that accept (and seem to run) 3.5, but,
> sigh, none that accept an install of 4.0.
> joea
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