I’ve had a few folks contact me over the past couple of weeks asking if VMware vSphere 6.0 will run on the HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)? Well, the answer is yes, most definitely. The standard VMware vSphere 6.0 ESXi detects the CPU, memory, disk and network correctly, without the requirement for any hacks or tweaks to the ESXi image. The HP vSphere 6.0 image wasn’t even required for installation.
In my lab I am running ESXi 6.0 directly from a USB pen drive that I have inserted into the internal USB port of the MicroServer.
I am currently in the throes of rebuilding my home vSphere lab environment up from scratch again, so as you can see from the screenshot below I only have a few VMs running at this stage, ie: W2K12 DC and the vCenter appliance.
Another popular question is how many VMs can you expect to run on a 16GB of memory N54L MicroServer? Regarding CPU and memory consumption levels, I estimate that this individual N54L MicroServer will be good for running approximately 4-5 VMs in total, before the resources start to fully max-out and make the system laggy. This is enough for a small virtual lab environment where you want to try-out or learn various aspects of enterprise tech, such as virtualization, operating systems, back office applications ,etc.