To get access to the RHEV-M 3.0 beta, you must have an active Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization subscription. Go to this RHN page to see links to the beta channels. See this page for discussion around the beta. There is also a Webinar taking place today (18th August). Finally here is the official announcement.
I’m getting ready to install RHEV-M 3.0 beta, and that starts with buying some cheap hardware.
RHEV-M requires two physical servers, one running our minimal hypervisor RHEV-H and one running the management console. Starting with RHEV-M 3.0 the management console runs on Linux [PDF] (you can still run it on Windows if you want). The management console can be run in a VM, but it can’t unfortunately be run in a VM on top of RHEV-H because there’s a chicken-and-egg problem that the management console needs to talk to RHEV-H to instruct it to start VMs.
I’m doing this on the cheap, so the hardware I’ve ordered is not the recommended way. Performance is expected to be fairly abysmal.
I ordered two HP Proliant Microservers, and upgrades to the RAM and disks.
|2 x HP microservers
@£250 each inc tax/delivery
|2 x 1 TB Samsung HD103SJ
@£44.80 each inc tax/delivery
|2 x 8 GB RAM
@£67.99 each + £27.20 tax, delivery included
HP have extended the cashback offer on these servers through August 2011, so I should be able to claim £200 back.
The HP Proliant Microserver that I ordered arrived on Tuesday. It’s a nice system and a real bargain even for the full price of £180.
Opening the case you can see four drive caddies, each one capable of taking a standard 2 TB SATA drive. Also on the motherboard you may notice a USB socket where you can locate a boot USB key:
Some brief specs …
CPU: “AMD Athlon(tm) II Neo N36L Dual-Core Processor”
CPU flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp lm 3dnowext 3dnow constant_tsc rep_good nonstop_tsc extd_apicid pni monitor cx16 popcnt lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy abm sse4a 3dnowprefetch osvw ibs skinit wdt nodeid_msr npt lbrv svm_lock nrip_save
L1 cache: 64 KB per core
L2 cache: 1024 KB per core
Memory: 1GB ECC @ 1333 MHz
Network: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5723 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (1 port)
I ordered a HP ProLiant MicroServer from Amazon and 4 x 2TB Samsung disks.
HP are offering £100 cashback if you get the server during this month, so including tax and delivery it’s costing me about £330 for 8 TB of raw storage (4p per GB — note that includes the server itself).
(Thanks Bryn M. Reeves for the tip off about these HP servers)
Update: Link to my old file server which will become the backup for the new one. The old server is still working well, but because it used an AMD Geode CPU it always was very slow.