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Phosphoric ester
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Contribution from Phosphoric ester » 01.11.2011, 17:14

Hello

I would like to deal more with ESXI privately and have a good PC with 12 GB of RAM, but this will definitely not be found in the HCL. I've been racking my brains for a long time about how best and cheapest to do it instead of dealing with ESXI.

I found the following on the net

http://www.vmachine.de/cms/index.php/de ... operate

Since my computer is equipped with Windows 7 x64 and an SSD hard disk, that would be an alternative. What do you think, or do you have a better idea?
thanks
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Contribution from continuum » 01.11.2011, 17:17

The howto is completely out of date

Nowadays with Workstation this is even better and easier - all via GUI.
With Workstation 8 and a suitable CPU, you can then also run 64bit VMs in your ESXi VMs

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Contribution from Phosphoric ester » 01.11.2011, 17:28

Hello continuum

Thank you for your prompt reply. So that means I just need VM workstation 8 and I can get started?
My CPU is an Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.8 GHz.
Would that be a good CPU for my project?

If I understand correctly, I can use Workstation 8 to create a VM in which I install my ESXI. And in this ESXI can I reinstall my x64 host?

Kind regards
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Contribution from continuum » 01.11.2011, 17:38

And in this ESXI can I reinstall my x64 host?


we would rather call them guests or simply VMs instead of x64 hosts ...


Your CPU should be ok - you need 64bit + VT

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Contribution from PeterDA » 01.11.2011, 19:39

Hi,


with VT you should check whether your BIOS supports it. THE CPU should be able to do it, but whether the BIOS also passes it on is a completely different story.

Greetings Peter

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Contribution from Dayworker » 01.11.2011, 22:00

In case of doubt, simply activate "VT" in the BIOS and then switch off the computer completely. In more than 75% of all cases, "VT" only works then.
If you are not offered the settings after a normal reboot, this should be called normal in my opinion. Some CPU registers can apparently only be reset after a cold boot ...

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Contribution from Phosphoric ester » 02.11.2011, 19:46

Hello everybody

Thank you very much, my board and CPU should be fine, as I've already used the workstation and VM server.


I think I'll get EXSI 5 and just install it. Since I only need it to test and practice, it doesn't necessarily have to be HCL compatible, it "just" has to work.
I'm curious whether my network card is supported.
If that is the case, I'll get a second PC with which I can then access the vmsphere.

Even if it costs something.

Thank you so far.

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Contribution from Dayworker » 03.11.2011, 11:42

I think I'll get EXSI 5 and just install it.
You don't need to get it. You can easily download it from VMware.

Since I only need it to test and practice, it doesn't necessarily have to be HCL compatible, it "just" has to work.
I'm curious whether my network card is supported.
If that is the case, I'll get a second PC with which I can then access the vmsphere.
Functioning and compatibility are by and large the same for vSphere. The ESX (i) needs drivers signed for all HW and with drivers that are not intended for this purpose, the ESX (i) cannot do anything anyway.
So if you just want to try it first, I would install the vSphere4 / 5 under Workstation8 or Player4. This is more than enough to get to know, especially since the ESXi does not have a GUI such as Workstation, Player, Fusion or VMserver.
You can still do some basic things (configure the host network, restart management services) on the SSH console, but at the latest when installing guests you are dependent on a second computer with Windows. As far as I know, the Vi / vSphere client does not run with Wine under Linux ...


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