We are started to implement some systems here at work using VMWare ESX Server 2. The problem is...the team leader of the Unix group here has convinced or bullied our supervisor into giving him control of all servers running VMWare. He justifies this by saying it is Linux controlling all the operations of the VMWare ESX servers and therefore he should have total control of the boxes. This leaves us Intel Server Group folks in a bit of a quandry because we have to depend on him to install ESX and configure it correctly and then he gives us access to install the guest Windows 2000 and 2003 operating systems. So far we have one of these implementations in production and the base VMWare ESX server is no where near right as far as how it was setup and configured. I have been trying to find concrete evidence that the Linux kernel is not controlling the entire VMWare ESX server. I found a white paper on VMWare's site where it gave a little information about inner workings of the product. In the section titled definitions, the only reference to linux I see is in the Service Console where it says it is based on RedHat 7.2...as far as the kernel that acts as the host for the virtual machine...it refers to VMKernel as a proprietary micro-kernal acts as a host for the virtual machines. If this is the case, the linux kernel isn't acting as a host for the virtual machines at all. Can anyone direct me to more detailed information perhaps so I can have bulletproof data supporting my group's position that we should have control of the VMWare ESX Servers since they will be hosting Win2k and Win2k3 guest operating systems.