Today, I am going to share a walk through of installing ESXi 5 Server in Virtual Lab environment. It is the first tutorial and first step towards full practice lab of VSphere 5 which I have planned for testing purposes and might give some good knowledge/experience to my blog readers as well. So don’t forget to comment and give suggestions.
Here are some important points to know the limitation of virtual lab. However, it is still good idea for students to test/learn the VSphere Server in virtual lab environment;-):
a. Require 64 Bit CPU with Intel VT/AMD-V.
b. Fault Tolerance will not work.
c. 64 Bit VM will not run in ESXi 5 Hosts.
d. Require VMWare Workstation 7 and above.
In my lab I am using my Laptop Dell Latitude E4300 with following :
CPU – C2Duo 2.4 GHz (with Intel VT on in BIOS)
RAM – 8 GB
OS – Windows 7 Ultimate
VMWare Workstation 8