Friday 22 May 2009

VMWare ESXi 3.5 Server

I have just installed the free ESXi Server on an old server. First impressions are very good.

Here is what I did to set it up:
  1. Insert the CD into the server and reboot.
  2. A linux boot screen will automatically start up.
  3. After loading all setup file the the system will ask if you want to install the server.
  4. Click [enter] and then [f11] to install and agree to the license.
  5. The setup will install VMWare ESXi server. (Takes about 10 minutes)
  6. After installation you will have the opportunity to create a root password.
  7. The server will be configure with DHCP. So if the server is on the network it will obtain an ip address.
  8. Go to a windows machine on the network and type in the ip address of the server in an internet browser. You will be prompted for a username and password
  9. On the page that displays you will have a link to download Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM).
  10. Download the setup files and install on the windows machine.
  11. VIM Allows you to monitor the VMWare ESXi server and create / manage virtual machines.
I found using VIM very intuative. Things like making more datastores available was very straight forward.

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