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Questions about ESXi & vSphere

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by michael78, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Guys just bought a ML115 as I heard with ESXi 4 it runs natively. I have a few questions that some of you VMWare guru's might be able to fill me in on as previously I've only used Virtual Box.

    1) Do you use vSphere to administrate your ESXi server?

    2) Is vSphere free or do you have to pay for it?

    3) When installed and setup do you access the OS's from vSphere or remote control software like RDC or VNC?


    Cheers guys in advance

    Michael
     
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  2. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

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    vsphere is not free, but there is a trial and its for cloud computing style infrastructures

    vsphere
    http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/


    But you can use the VMware vSphere Client to manage ESXi.


    Have ordered a ML115, you just need ESXi which is free


    http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/


    You use ESXi 's management console , but yes you can also use VNC or RDC on individual VM's if you setup each OS to do so
     
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  3. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Cheers Andi, thanks for clearing that up. Think I was confused with vSphere and VMware vSphere client.
     
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  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    When you go through the installation have a USB stick inserted prior to booting your ESXi disk and it will appear in the options for destinations to install ESXi. You'll also need to format a HD during installation with at least 9GB of free space for OS's so if you have installed anything on the 160GB HD you get with your ML115, that you wanna keep, I'd create a partition and us that.
     
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  5. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    I've installed ESXi onto a 80GB hard drive I installed into the ML115 and was intending to run ESXi from that and install the Virtual OS's onto the 160GB that came with the ML115 but am now thinking in the long run I will install ESXi onto a USB drive and use the 80GB to install Windows 2008 and have a dual boot system as installing ESXi onto the hard drive is a massive was of space. Performance wise is there any difference installing ESXi on a hard drive and USB stick?
     
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  6. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

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    boots quicker on USB, apart from virtual disks etc most of esxi itself is memory resident i believe
     
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