The HP ML 110 G6 server is an excellent platform for preparing for the VCP examination.
Here are the specifications for my test system:
* Intel X3440 Quad Core with HyperThreading (CPU outperforms the other two options: Core i3 and X3430)
* 8 GB RAM (up to 16 GB RAM is supported)
* (2) Intel X-25M 80 GB SSDs
* VMware Workstation 7.0
The total cost of the set up was $1300. However, in hindsight, I did not really need the second SSD, which would bring the price closer to $1100
My VMware Workstation configuration consisted of 4 VM’s:
1 vCenter 4.1 Server
2 vSphere ESXi Servers
1 OpenFiler (for iSCSI storage)
With this setup I was able to test a variety of the features and capabilities covered during the Fast Track course, including vMotion, Storage vMotion, and DRS.
I successfully passed the Exam on October 1, 2010, and part of that success was due, in part, to my lab at home. Make sure to get lots of hands-on experience!