When I first heard about ESXi I thought : that sounds very familiar.

 

 

 

Go to a box, inject your boot-media and turn it into a VM-player without installing anything. Forget about the host.

 

In a way ESX relates to ESXi like Workstation to my MOA-project (Workstation from a LiveCD)

Here is a short comparison:

 


ESXi

WSi

hardware support

very limited

ok - drivers can be added easily

boot-time

?

3 min

boot-media

USB-stick, ?

USB-stick, CD, PXE, local disk

OS

ESX

Windows

filesystem for VMs

vmfs

fat32, ntfs, ext2

local display

no

yes

smp

yes

yes

max RAM

?

3 - 4 Gb

remote access

ssh ?, virtual Center

ssh, cifs, vnc

sound for VMs

no

possible

USB for VMs

no

possible

IDE-disks for VMs

no

yes

WLAN

?

possible

VMs on USB

no

yes

VMs on encrypted disks

no

yes

runs on notebooks

no

yes




 

got to read more about ESXi to fill the blanks in the table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ulli