January 18th, 2012 // 9:31 pm @ Paraguin
This posting will get regular updates in regards to comments and questions that occur in the previous 2 sections. If you haven’t seen the other two sections, then please follow the links below
[Update for quick links 1/30/2012]
To make linking to the other pages easier….
- The Mac Mini VMware ESXi 5 Server – Part 1 (Research)
- The Mac Mini VMware ESXi 5 Server – Part 2 (Installation)
- The Mac Mini VMware ESXi 5 Server – Part 3 (Follow Up)
- OS X on a Mac Mini with VMware ESXi 5
From the numerous comments and questions from the Installation of the blog entry, we have decided to section up each question that we can reasonably answer. Since we’re actually using these boxes on a daily use, we’re not as interested in making them dual boot or how we can make them into portable ESXi hosts when we want to. If we get more equipment in the future, we’ll try those ideas out, but for the most part we just want it to work.
As for general stability, over a 15-20 day period, everything has been stable and running 24/7 and there have been no unexpected crashes, errors, or alarms appearing via the ESXi console.
The question of uptime, came about from Timo. From the two Mac Mini Servers that we have in use, here’s some screen shots. As you can clearly see, one of the servers has had an uptime of 15 days already while the second one which was purchased a few days later after the theory was proved, has an uptime of 9 days. (This is in reference to January 18, 2012)
Upgraded Memory (1/18/2012)
As for upgrading the memory, to fully make use of the advantages of this setup, 16 gb of most desired. Here’s a screen shot of one of the Mac Mini ESXi hosts with 16 gb of memory and the VM utilization.
Network Card (1/18/2012)
The network card responded as Gigabit and Full Duplex. We have not seen any slow file copies or VM migrations / copies from one Mac Mini to the other.
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