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VMware Server and ESX - server specs

I'm looking to buy a 1U or 2U server to run VMware on. My initial goals
are to migrate a recently retired NT4 finance server into a guest OS,
and to install a Scalix groupware server in another. 

I also want to be able to build several additional production servers
within it, as well as use it for test servers whenever I need one. 

I guess the biggest questions initially concern CPUs and hard drives.
VMware's web site suggests that 4 guest servers per CPU should work
reasonably without serious performance issues; how accurate is that
claim? Can I count on a decent number of guest systems with two
dual-core Xeon CPUs, or do I really need four?

 If I use SATA hard drives instead of SCSI, how will that affect

Clearly I'll want gigabit ethernet, not just 100baseT. 

John Abreau
IT Manager
Zuken USA
238 Littleton Rd., Suite 100
Westford, MA 01886
T: 978-392-1777            F: 978-692-4725
M: 978-764-8934
E: John.Abreau at  W:

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