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      • 180. Re: Ability to run ESX 2.5 as a Workstation guest
        TomHowarth Guru
        vExpertUser Moderators

        if you had posted this another question you would have been able to award oliver 10 points for a correct answer.


        please think before you post and consider if your post is a addition to the original post or a different question altogther

        • 181. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
          tobyg Novice

          I got this running on my Mac Pro just fine.  My only problem is CPU usage.  Anyone else seeing very high cpu usage on the host system?  With just one VM running inside ESX, the vmware process on the host (OSX) always uses at least 60% cpu, but generally stays in the 90-120% range.


          If I boot 2 servers in ESX, it uses 200% (both cores assigned to the ESX VM).


          I'd love to get this a bit less cpu intensive...



          • 182. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
            continuum Guru
            User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

            Sounds like you use 2 CPUs in the ESX-VM.

            Try with one.

            With 2 ESX-VMs with one CPU each I can test vmotion on my notebook nicely.

            • 183. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
              tobyg Novice

              Tried it with just one CPU also.  Then it takes only 100% of course, with just one VM running in the ESX VM.


              So with 2 ESX VM's, how many VM's do you have running inside of those ESX VM's?  And what is the CPU utilization on your notebook when all VM's are idle?  With 2 VM's running in one ESX VM, my CPU utilization on my host system is either 100% or 200% depending on how many CPU's I've given to the ESX VM.


              This could just be an issue with Fusion.

              • 184. Re: for AMD-V
                Larry Novice

                I have an HP NC8430.

                using the Xtravirt Documents I can install ESX everything works Great.

                The Second ESX Server is a problem for me. I get MD5 errors, unknown.


                If I boot the Second ESX server by it's self it will work fine.


                It looks like a timing issue with 2 ESX Servers running at the Same Time.


                If you boot the First ESX Server, Then Suspend it.

                You can Boot the Second ESX Server with no issues.

                Resume the First ESX Server and both ESX Systems seem to function fine.


                I am not sure why but suspending the ESX Server to allow another to BOOT works!


                I hope this helps...

                • 185. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                  mwinkley Lurker

                  Hi Steve


                  I have a Dell D820 but cannot get ESX to loads.

                  Starts then crashes immediately.


                  Here's the config


                  config.version = "8"

                  virtualHW.version = "4"

                  numvcpus = "2"

                  scsi0.present = "TRUE"

                  scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"

                  memsize = "1024"

                  scsi0:0.present = "TRUE"

                  scsi0:0.fileName = "ESX1.vmdk"

                  ide1:0.present = "TRUE"

                  ide1:0.fileName = "auto detect"

                  ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"

                  floppy0.autodetect = "TRUE"

                  ethernet0.present = "TRUE"

                  ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"

                  ethernet0.connectionType = “bridged”

                  ethernet0.addressType  = “generated”

                  ethernet0.wakeOnPcktRcv = "FALSE"

                  svga.autodetect = "TRUE"

                  mks.keyboardFilter = "allow"

                  displayName = "ESX1"

                  #guestOS = "redhat"

                  guestOS = "other 32-bit"

                  nvram = "Red Hat Linux.nvram"

                  deploymentPlatform = "windows"

                  virtualHW.productCompatibility = "esx"

                  tools.upgrade.policy = "useGlobal"

                  monitor_control.vt32  =  TRUE

                  monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = TRUE


                  Can any on see where I'm going wrong?





                  • 186. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                    continuum Guru
                    Community WarriorsUser ModeratorsvExpert

                    You may want to try to install the ESX-system to IDE.

                    And change

                    virtualHW.version = "4"


                    virtualHW.version = "6"

                    • 187. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                      mwinkley Lurker

                      I thought ESX cuold only run on scsi?

                      Did try however, but stil no luck.


                      I should add the Client operating system is Vista Enterprise


                      Thanks for your help anyway

                      • 188. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                        continuum Guru
                        User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

                        SCSI is only needed for local VMFS-storage.

                        • 189. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                          mwinkley Lurker



                          Could you send me details of you vmx file I have a D820 wih VT turned on bou my ESX machine crashes the Vmwar Workstation





                          • 190. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                            RDPetruska Guru
                            vExpertUser Moderators

                            Just use DaveP's vmx file which he's posted at least twice in this very thread!

                            • 191. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                              continuum Guru
                              vExpertUser ModeratorsCommunity Warriors

                              For the system-disk you need at least 6-8GB. This  can be a sparse disk.

                              You can also use sparse disks for the local VMFS-scsi-disk.


                              This vmx should work for a first setup - all other parameters will be created at first start


                              \# sets hardware version and guestOS

                              config.version = "8"

                              virtualHW.version = "6"

                              guestOS = "other"


                              \# note - setting the target-platform to "esx" forces you to use scsi for the esx-system -

                              \# I would not recommend that - system on IDE seems to work nicer ?

                              deploymentPlatform = "windows"

                              virtualHW.productCompatibility = "hosted"

                              displayName = "esx301"




                              \# essentials - this allows to run a VM in a VM and adds VT support

                              \# by the way - this also allows to run VMserver in a VM

                              monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "true"

                              monitor_control.vt32 = "true"


                              \# one e1000 nic - bridged

                              ethernet0.present = "TRUE"

                              ethernet0.virtualdev = "e1000"


                              \# a second e1000 - bridged

                              ethernet1.present = "TRUE"

                              ethernet1.virtualdev = "e1000"


                              \# floppy - configured but not used

                              floppy0.autodetect = "TRUE"

                              floppy0.clientDevice = "FALSE"

                              floppy0.fileName = "boot.flp"

                              floppy0.fileType = "file"

                              floppy0.startConnected = "FALSE"


                              \# ide-disk for the esx-system

                              ide0:0.fileName = "system.vmdk"

                              ide0:0.present = "TRUE"

                              ide0:0.redo = ""


                              \# ide-cdrom - used for installation

                              ide1:0.autodetect = "TRUE"

                              ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-image"

                              ide1:0.fileName = "esx301-setup.iso"

                              ide1:0.present = "TRUE"

                              ide1:0.startConnected = "true"


                              \# ram and cpu - you really do NOT need 2 CPUs

                              memsize = "768"

                              numvcpus = "1"



                              \# a scsi-disk for local vmfs-storage - must be "lsilogic"

                              scsi0.pciSlotNumber = "16"

                              scsi0.present = "TRUE"

                              scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"

                              scsi0:0.fileName = "vmfs.vmdk"

                              scsi0:0.present = "TRUE"

                              scsi0:0.redo = ""


                              \# misc

                              pciBridge0.present = "TRUE"

                              sound.autodetect = "TRUE"

                              sound.fileName = "-1"

                              sound.present = "FALSE"

                              svga.autodetect = "TRUE"

                              isolation.tools.hgfs.disable = "TRUE"


                              • 192. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                                djpaynesr Lurker

                                If anyone is looking to install ESX 2.X without having to purchase a server, let me know. I've managed to install it on a home-built machine for <$300.

                                • 193. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                                  MayurPatel Expert

                                  I am looking at a couple of HP Duo2Core laptops with a INtel T7200 CPU.


                                  One is the NC4400 (RL880AW) model but I checked the user guide there doesn't appear to be any setting for enabling VT in the BIOS.


                                  The same is true for model nx7400 (RH410ET). No mention of VT in the user guide in the computer setup section.


                                  The question I would like to ask is whether these models are enabled with VT support because they have the T7xxx series CPU fitted to them.


                                  Any advice will be appreciated on how to select the correct machine.

                                  • 194. Re: Ability to run ESX as a Workstation guest
                                    ZeRoC00L Enthusiast

                                    I have a Compaq nx7400 currently running with ESX server installed in VMware Workstation. As far as I know there actually is an option in the bios to enable Virtualization.

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