How easy is it to setup a Classic AMD on a virtual machine and still use custom NIC drivers? Did you have any issues getting dedicated Intel NICs installed / configured (I have dual NICs since I to Riverbed monitoring). Looks like from the documentation the install is slightly different. Our ISP teams wants to clone my existing physical AMD to a VM setup. Does not seem like that will work.
Any feedback is apprecaited.
from my past experience, yes, you can use the AMD Classic in a VM, and I've used both the custom drivers with the e1000 emulation and the native drivers with the vmxnet3 NICs.
I think you are talking about the PCIe passthrough option, which I have not tested myself.
My experience has been that the virtual environment imposes fairly significant performance limits, but otherwise it does work.
As Erik commented, this is definitely possible and as you are limiting yourself to Classic AMD speeds, I think a VM should be able to handle it. If you were looking to go for Large HS AMD speeds, that'll require dedicated physical kit.
Another thing to consider, if your RedHat version is recent is to look into the HS architecture as that has some added functionality and again can be a VM. As you look to upgrade your system to the latest version (v17 sp1) the 'classic' will phase out.