VMware VMmark 2.x System Requirements

Here is the minimum hardware setup you need in order to benchmark virtualization platforms with VMmark® 2.x:

  • A 2-host cluster (homogeneous systems not required), with the following:
    • 4 logical CPUs per server
    • 27GB of memory
    • 320GB of shared storage
    • vMotion compatible servers
  • VMware® vCenter Server™ installed on a separate, dedicated server

One client system per tile, each with:

  • Sufficient CPU resources to support all necessary workloads without limiting performance (recommended minimum: two CPU cores)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 15GB of available local disk space

Note: One client per test environment must be a native system; the other clients can be either native or virtual.

  • vMotion networking (10 Gbps network recommended)
  • If power will be measured, a compatible power meter and a way to connect it to a physical client will be required for each server under test (and, optionally, each storage device under test)
Workload Software

Operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 Enterprise Edition, 32-bit
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, 64-bit

Applications:

  • Microsoft Exchange 2007
  • Olio (web and DB) and its required components
  • DVD Store 2 (web and DB) and its required components
Client Software

Each VMmark 2.x tile requires a client machine. These client machines run Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 Enterprise Edition (32-bit) with the following applications:

  • VMmark 2.x harness
  • STAF framework and STAX execution engine
  • LoadGen
  • Microsoft Outlook 2007 (standalone or included in Microsoft Office 2007)
  • Microsoft Exchange 2007 management tools
  • Cygwin
  • A Java JDK
  • Rain Workload Toolkit
Software Licensing Considerations

VMmark 2.x is a free tool, however some of the third-party software required to run VMmark 2.x may require a license. The following list summarizes which software is free, which is available in no-cost evaluation versions, and which requires paid licenses.

Free Software

You can download the following free software packages from the web:

  • Cygwin environment
  • STAF/STAX software
  • Olio
  • DVD Store 2
  • Java
  • VMmark 2.x Harness
Evaluation Software

You can download evaluation versions of the following software packages from the web:

  • SLES 11 Linux (64-bit)
  • tc Server
  • Microsoft Outlook 2007 (standalone or included in Microsoft Office 2007)
Purchased Software

You must purchase licenses for the following software packages if you do not already own them:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 Enterprise Edition (32-bit) - two copies per tile
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition (64-bit) - one copy per tile.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition. This is available as part of the Microsoft Developer's Network (MSDN) Universal subscription.
Consult the VMmark 2.x Benchmarking Guide for the complete list of hardware and software requirements.