Running VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)

VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer N54L

VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer

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.

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21 Comments

  1. Great Article. I am building a VMware home lab with HP MS G7 at the moment and I would like to enquire as to what NAS/ SAN setup (Make of HW, SW, Switches, etc) are you using with the HP Microserver G7 (N54L)?

  2. Apologies – one more Question: Where did you get the Labels/ stickers that are on the HP MS G7 Server? They look really cool!

  3. Thank you for the feedback. RE the NAS/ SAN setup write up – would make a really useful post and I would be most grateful, as it is the one thing that I have found is missing from all of the HP N54L Microserver information on the web. I am sure that other lab builders might also benefit from the information that you would share on this.

    • Hi Edward,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately not, though I really do have to get around to doing it. I’ve just finished a project for work, so I should start having a little more time in the evenings again now so will look at writing a post.

      Sorry for the wait,

      Simon

      • Hi Simon,

        Thanks for making contact again, Apologies for the pestering on this subject! 🙂 Looking forward to the Post.

  4. I am wanting to use my aging Lenovo TS210 and N54L microserver to build a home lab for Atlantis USX. So need to spec 24GB or better still 32GB Ram is required. Anybody else doing this?

    ST2

  5. Hi,
    i stumdled on your post, and am running into an error of installation of Esxi on a N36L (not the N54L yet)
    and my error is that i can’t be installed because the driver for the lancard is missing.

    so i wanted to ask you if u used a different version of type of the installation iso.
    or do i need to find a version 6.0.0, without update 2?

    i have already used
    1st: VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-HP-600.9.3.30.2-Jun2015
    2nd: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0.update02-3620759.x86_64

    thnx in advance

    p.s. does the G7 really run 16gb?
    because i can only find the references that it can hold 8gb (total)

      • Are You sure that it’s N54L? I have it too, I’ve checked several places but everywhere there is possible only to put 2x 4GB RAM. What RAMs You have installed?

        System Information
        Manufacturer: HP
        Product Name: ProLiant MicroServer
        Version:
        Serial Number: xxx
        UUID: xxx
        Wake-up Type: Power Switch
        SKU Number: 744900-421
        Family:

  6. Hi, I have tried lots of ESXi 6 builds, custom HPE builds and none of them will load. I keep getting the no network adapter error. The HPE build gave me the pink screen of death. I have broadcom gigabet network adapter in my HP box. Can you tell me what version of ESXi 6 you got working on yours?

  7. Hi Simon! Thank you for this great article.

    I have a n54L with 8gb of ram. No raid controller installed and 2 x 2Tb hard disk drives installed. Is it possible to use software raid 0 of the embedded controller and install vmware esxi 6? if not, if i boot up esxi from a usb stick, i will be able to use my hard disks with software raid 0 as datastores?

    thank you in advance

      • No, it’s not supported but it works on my HPN40L.
        So far I did not manage to update from 6.5 to 6.7.
        There does a binary hack exist to pass by the “unsupported CPU” upgrade blocker but I did not manage to follow the instructions 🙂

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