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    Default Anybody tried vmware esxi?

    Has anybody tried out vmware esxi as that the hypervisor is now free? https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/log...?eval=esxi&t=1

    For those who dont need DX 9, 10 this could be a good solution to trying to setup a multiboot.



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    Unhappy I tried it and don't recommend it

    I tried it out.
    The hardware compatibility list focuses on XEON-powered server hardware and I decided to ignore it.

    Tried to install it on a Jetway board with Athlon X2 4850e -> crash
    Tried to install it on a Shuttle K45 with Intel E1200, IDE harddisk, Realtek Ethernet chip on the mainboard -> no suitable installation target found
    OK, I put in a 500GB SATA harddisk:
    Tried to install it on a Shuttle K45 with Intel E1200, SATA harddisk, Realtek Ethernet chip on the mainboard -> no network card found
    OK, I put in a Dual-Gigabit Intel Network card:
    Installation works.
    One has to configure default gateway and DNS servers and so on, but after that:
    ESXi is pingable.

    HOWEVER:

    Administration can only be done remotely, with tools provided by VMware.

    There are 3 kinds of remote admin tools, all of which communicate with ESXi via a undisclosed, encrypted, proprietary protocol:

    The first ("Remote CLI") is command-line only, as far as I understand FREEWARE and consists of a Perl interpreter (which gets installed on your admin client machine, in my case a laptop with 64-bit Vista) and some perl scripts.
    I tested this out and yes, you can monitor a few things on the ESXi server and even tweak a few things BUT, as far as I saw, you cannot define virtual machines from there nor install a guest OS.

    The second is a commercial grade administration GUI "VI Client" which can only be obtained as part of "VMware Infrastructure 3". With "VI Client" you can do ANYTHING, presumably very comfortably, too. But the eval license of "VMware Infrastructure 3" expires after 60 days and after that you're stuck with an ESXi server that has some configuration of guest OSes that you can't change anymore. And buying that administration GUI costs a cool $1540 - don't know whether that's a one-time fee or merely a 1-year license. I haven't installed the eval version yet because what's the point - as a software engineer who's just playing around with new software at home (recently: ESXi and Windows Server 2008) I'm not suddenly shelling out $1540 after 60 days just to be able to play a little bit longer.

    The third is the "VI API" manifested in the "VI SDK" from which you allegedly CAN create virtual machines, but basically you're on your own in creating tools that confortably allow you to create/stop/restart/tear down virtual machines.

    In a nutshell:
    For virtualisation solutions, it's back to XEN for me.
    Last edited by Inspector 2211; 08-07-2008 at 12:37 AM. Reason: omission corrected

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    It's true that ESXi won't install on IDE drives.
    However, ESXi is now free and the 60-day eval disappears if you use the registration code you receive upon registering ESXi. You should have gotten the reg. code in the email.

    VI Client is also free for everyone.
    It's VC Server that is part of VMware Infrastructure 3 that cost money.
    The difference between VI Client and VC server is that VC Server allows you to manage multiple VMware servers at once and do cool stuff like VMotion, High-availability (HA), and DRS.

    To download VI Client, simply point a web browser to your ESXi box and you'll get a web page to download. For example, http://your_own_ESXi_Server

    And VI client is pretty much all you need to play around.

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    Hey nokuntrol

    I was trying out ESXi today on a new server we got in order to deploy a Win2k3 server VM and a CentOS VM. Nothing major, I don't need HA or Vmotion, DRS etc...

    So I got a free license key and I can't figure out where to put it in the VI Client and the package I get from the http://esxiserveraddress installs virtualcenter 2.5 with the 60 day eval notice at the top.

    All the stuff on vmware's website seems to try and point you into buying VC which we don't need, I just need to deploy a couple of VMs, that's it.

    Yeah the RCLI is crap, useless IMO.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
    -d

 

 

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