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I like virtualization and I really like VMware. Especially the esxi 6 free server! For installations of a particular size, it is really nice to have all the stuff you need in VMware Essentials or the bigger packages, but for small installations, remote offices, and non-profit customers that really need virtualization, a lot of what they want to do can be done with the FREE version of vSphere.
I've been using vSphere since 4.x, but I hadn't been messing with the newer versions. With a recent project, I've been messing with 6.0. However, I was pretty irritated with the new rules about VM versions and stuff and not having things work in the C++ vSphere client. Everything keeps saying I needed to use the vSphere Web Client, but the information I was seeing kept saying that was only available in the paid packages and or through manually installing the VIB to support it.
For instance, when creating a new VM, I'd get yellow caution icons and "If you use this client to create a VM with this version, the VM will not have the new features and controllers in this hardware version. If you want this VM to have the full hardware features of this version, use the vSphere Web Client to create it."
Or "You have restricted editing capabilities on a virtual machine of version 9 or higher using this client. Some devices may not appear in the devices list, and the settings of some devices may appear as 'Restricted'. If you want to edit the advanced hardware features of this virtual machine, please use the vSphere Web Client."
I fumbled around looking at all the articles, ISOs and such, but I just didn't want to try to install a VIB or mess about with this. Why, VMware, why?
No need to ask this troubling question any more! With vSphere 6 update2, you get everything in the base package...
I ran into a problem figuring out how to set up a large, multiple terrabyte disk array that was usable by VMware ESXi.
Specifically, I'm setting up a server with 16GB of memory and a 4-core 3ghz processor to run VMware ESXi 4.0 (Update 1). This driveless Dell rack server is hooked up to an external Dell MD1200 array packed with 7.2TB of storage. I wanted to make the entire 7.2TB (less after accounting for RAID5) available to my virtual machines.
The MD1200 has the option to split into two drive arrays and be accessed by two systems. For this configuration, I'm just going to have the one server, so I set up redundant paths (2 cables) from the server to the first controller on the array.
A few of the things you need to know about installing ESXi...
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