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Creating the Pen Test Lab, and saving power. Atom Dual Core Setup

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dalepearson

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Post Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:14 am

Creating the Pen Test Lab, and saving power. Atom Dual Core Setup

I thought I would put a quick post up for anyone who has been considering going with an Atom setup.

So in the past I have had a mixture of VMs running from my WHS box and ESXi box. One box was an old Athlon, and the other 64bit Athlon. Both boxes consumed over 160watts and I one of these was supposed to be my PC Gaming rig, anyway the main driver was to save some cash on my already big techno powered electricity bill.

So I know my single core Atom Aspire One uses not alot of power, and isnt a bad performer. So I start looking at the different mobos available that will fit in an ATX case, and they are all limited to 2Gb RAM, and not many dual cores.

Last month I came across the Point of View NVIDIA ION Mini ITX, which apprarently if you can afford it supports 8GB DDR2 800Mhz SO-DIMM memory. So anyway I went for this with 4GB DDR2 800mhz memory with the 1.6Ghz Dual Core Atom.

I have to say I am chuffed. I couldnt setup a ESXi server on it as the onboard HD controller isnt supported, and I dont have a PCI-E controller to test so I stuck with WHS (2003 Server) as the base and ran VMware Server ontop. I have 8VMs on the go and all seems to handle perfectly. I am really impressed, and best of all at full tilt with 4 HDs its only eating a max of 60watts.

Certainly worth considering if you want something reasonably priced, low on power consumption, and reasonable capabilities.

See my blog post for a couple of pics
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Post Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:18 am

Re: Creating the Pen Test Lab, and saving power. Atom Dual Core Setup

I had similar results with ESXi server on pretty much all Dell Precision workstations I tried.  (We have a ton of them at work.)  This was a little while ago, shortly after it became freeware.  I found that not much hardware was supported.  I ended up with a mix of VmWare Server and Hyper-V.
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Bane

Post Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:49 am

Re: Creating the Pen Test Lab, and saving power. Atom Dual Core Setup

ESXi is notorioulsy picky about HD controllers and NIC's. I had good luck using a mATX motherboard and purchasing a separate sata controller card. The best resource I have found for compatible hardware information is the ESX white box list at vm-help.com. 

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