Earlier this year i built a small home server to run VMware ESXI on, the plan was to use this to run a virtual network on so i can learn more about Windows Server, and easily tinker about with stuff. All has been fine with this and ive been really happy with the free VMware ESXi. With that in mind I recently decided to combine my HP Pro Micro Server and VMware ESXI server in to one box, basically purchasing a case with 8x drive bays and adding a raid controller to my ESXi box.
Where i am now is i have a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM, which has the raid controller passed though to it and working perfectly, ready to accept the 5x drives from my HP Pro Micro Server. This VM is essentially going to be my nas, media server and will also backup the other PC's on the network, essentially replacing Windows Home Server 2011 that is currently running on my HP Server.
All is great, so i thought i might as well upgrade to from ESXi 5.1 to 5.5. Upon upgrading i find that to access any new features i now need the vSphere Web Client. However to use the web client you apparently need a vCenter Server which:
A) Costs £100's for a licence
B) Requires a massive amount of resources, presuming i'm reading the correct info here http://kb.vmware.com...ernalId=2052334 which seems a bit overkill considering what i want to use ESXi for.
Even if something changes am i correct in thinking its going to require massive resources just to run a VM that will allow the web client to be used? (My motherboard will take a max of 16gb of ram, which is fine for the VM's i wish to run) At the moment my VM's are Version 8 and the latest is now Version 10, although Server 2012 R2 appears to work ok so far.
Maybe i'm reading too much in to this? I am pretty new to ESXi however am a bit unsure as to what I want to do now, in terms of sticking to ESXi or perhaps giving Hyper-V a try before this box is actually running my home network.