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azfar
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req: ESXi information!

I have few question regarding ESXi.

1. What are the maximum number of processors and amount of memory support in ESXi.

2. Where do I get ESXi HCL?

3. Can I install ESXi on non supported hardware? (by providing drivers manualy)

4 If yes then whre do I get drivers for it (I mean does linux drivers work for it)

5. Can I integrate infrastructure with ESXi? just like ESX.

6. Does thirdparty backup and other tools which are designed for ESX also worked with ESXi?

If I am missing any important thing then please let me know as well.

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jose_maria_gonz
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Hi Azfar,

Check this out:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1006543&sl...

The article provides a detailed comparison of VMware ESX and VMware ESXi. The article is separated in to capabilities or features

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weinstein5
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1) 32 cores from -

2) Here is the HCL -

3) You can - there are a number of discussions on this forum aout whitebox devices and how to get them to work

4) Check this thread out as an example of 3) http://communities.vmware.com/message/627605#627605

5) Yes youcan - ESX and ESXi at the core have the same cirtualization platform - the major difference is ESX has the service console and ESXi does not - you use the same VI CLient to access both and with the approriate licenses you can manage both with virtual center

6) Yes they do for the most part - those that require the use of the Service Console will not work with ESXi

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TomHowarth
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I have few question regarding ESXi.

1. What are the maximum number of processors and amount of memory support in ESXi.

Host - 32 logical processors (experimental support for 64)

256Gb of System RAM

Guests 4vCPU and upto 64Gb of System RAM

2. Where do I get ESXi HCL?

http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/

3. Can I install ESXi on non supported hardware? (by providing drivers manualy)

Maybe have a mosey on down to www.vm-help.com

4 If yes then whre do I get drivers for it (I mean does linux drivers work for it)

you can't and under no circumstance attempt to install Linux drivers, ESX is not Linux.

5. Can I integrate infrastructure with ESXi? just like ESX.

Not with the Free version you need to put your hand in your pocket and buy a license.

6. Does thirdparty backup and other tools which are designed for ESX also worked with ESXi?

Posibally, Visioncore and PHD have backup tools that work with ESXi

If I am missing any important thing then please let me know as well.

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azfar
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Does this applicable to esxi also

and by 32 logical processor you mean 32 cores, so I guess it should support atleast 8 physical processors(quad core), right?

And to use vmware infrastrucure I also need to buy ESXi license, so at that time can I upgrade to standard ESX easily?

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TomHowarth
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Does this applicable to esxi also

Yes, ESX and ESXi share the same common code set, the only real differences are that ESXi uses a busybox Service console (ie very light) and ESX uses a Redhat Enterprise one.

and by 32 logical processor you mean 32 cores, so I guess it should support atleast 8 physical processors(quad core), right?

That is correct. 8 x 4 = 32 or if you are rich enough 16 x 4 = 64 if you activate the experimental support Smiley Happy

And to use vmware infrastrucure I also need to buy ESXi license, so at that time can I upgrade to standard ESX easily?

that is correct.

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azfar
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last thing does symantec backup exec 12.5 support esxi?

and what does embedded mean, does it mean that it comes pre-installed on other then hard disk or some thing else?

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