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RE: [Xen-users] XCP Test workstation

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  • From: "Brett Westover" <bwestover@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:57:56 -0700
  • Delivery-date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:07:53 -0700
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  • Thread-topic: [Xen-users] XCP Test workstation

> I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 with X5355 processors.
> I want to test the clustering features of XCP, but I don't have
> server handy. I am considering building a small machine in a desktop
> form factor that will be compatible, but that I can then re-use as a
> workstation later.
> I noticed this server board was on the Citrix HCL for XenServer 5.6
> FP2:
> Intel Server Board S1200BTS
> It will accept Xeon processors, but not the X5355 (not that those are
> even available anymore). I also didn't see the X5355 on the
> Heterogeneous CPU pool cross-reference at all.
> Does anyone have any experience with creating the right CPU masks to
> make two different CPUs work, and is there a model you recommend,
> versus
> models you don't recommend?
> My goal is an inexpensive test, so we can continue our transition from
> VMware ESX, to XCP. If necessary, we might just build two small
> machines
> and use those for the test. Can anyone recommend some inexpensive
> workstation class hardware, that will work to test out a pooled
> configuration?
> Thanks,
> Brett Westover

Does anyone have any recommendations for test hardware? 

We are looking to buy something so that we can build some knowledge and
confidence in XCP as a suitable and more flexible replacement for ESX.
Ideally we'd just buy/build one machine that could be made compatible
with the one test server we have, but if it was easier and not terribly
expensive we'd just buy two identical machines.

Am I overcomplicating this?

Thanks, Brett

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