nesineal
Contributor
Contributor

Anyone Know If it's possible / how to Install ESX 4.0 on ESX 4.0 ?

I have ESX 4.0 installed on an Intel Box, I'd like to install ESX 4 within ESX. I found some things on the internet, talked about creating it as Red Had Enterprise 5 (64) bit. When I power it on (just to set the BIOS to boot from CD) , it compains about Intel not supporting 64 bit unless VT is enabled in BIOS.

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nesineal
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Nevermind, I got it working, I found the VT setting in the Intel BIOS and enabled it, power cycled, then it works fine.

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JoJoGabor
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So does that mean you can isntall ESX4 into an ESX3 VM?

(Dont ask me why)

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nesineal
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I didn't try ESX3,

I installed 2 ESX 4 VM's under ESX 4. But in order it run VM's under the ESX VM's, you have to add "monitor_control.restrict_backdoor / TRUE"

in your Advanced / General / Configuration Parameters in "edit settings"

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Rumple
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

guessing this is for learning now to use ESX?

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dconvery
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I don't think it will work in ESX 3, but it will work in Workstation 6.5

Dave Convery

VMware vExpert 2009

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NCC1470
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Contributor

I am running the ESX 4 in a VM Workstation 6.0.0.

just add this to your .vmx-file (while not running VM Workstation -it will over write the nic settings):

ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"

monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "TRUE"

for Intel CPUs:

monitor_control.vt32 = "TRUE"

for AMD CPUs:

monitor_control.enable_svm = "TRUE"

Cheers!

Max

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Matt_B1
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I successfully created a VM running ESX 4.0 on my physical ESX 4.0 host. I powered down the ESX VM and set these 2 settings in the VMX.

monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "TRUE"

monitor_control.enable_svm = "TRUE"

The physical host uses AMD Opterons. I also had to set "Promiscuous Mode" to Accept on the ESX VM virtual switch in order to allow a vmotion to happen. The vMotion of a VM from the physical host to the ESX VM host starts, runs fine and completes at 100%. However, the vMotioned VM shows VMware tools not responding and the VM just shuts off right after the vMotion completes. Has anyone seen this before? The VM being vmotioned is a Win 2k3 SE 32-bit VM w/ 1 vCPU and 512 MB RAM.

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