how to for esx server4

Discussion in 'Windows Server Systems' started by Heeter, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi all,

    I regularly use vmware server 2 for all my virtualization needs. I would like to try VMWare ESXi 4 (64bit version of ESXi3) on a new machine, but before I do, I had a couple of questions.

    (BTW, my hardware is compatible with the ESXi HCL)

    1- once installed, how do I control it?

    2- can I control it from remote workstation, what do I need, or is it browser based like vmware server2?

    3- Is there a good howto, or a quick start howto on ESXi

    Thanks

    Heeter
     
  2. bmclaughlin807

    bmclaughlin807 Let's blow something up. Political User

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    The local console is very minimal... includes network settings and shutdown/reboot the server and that's about it.

    Everything else is done through the infrastructure client. direct a web browser at the server IP address and it will let you download the client.

    One gotcha is there is NO USB support in ESX. No USB drives, no USB connection to a UPS, etc. We had to buy a USB over ethernet adapter for backups and a connection to the UPS to shut it down. While it's pretty cool, it's definitely NOT the fastest backup in the world!
     
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  3. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Great, Thanks for the heads up on the USB issue.

    Can the guest OS's find the USB ports? Or does ESX cut off the USB ports to the guest OS's as well?

    Thanks again,

    Heeter
     
  4. bmclaughlin807

    bmclaughlin807 Let's blow something up. Political User

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    The guests can't see the USB ports at all.

    You really can't use the USB for anything but keyboard/mouse.
     
  5. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Thanks for that, bm.


    Heeter