Setting up an ESXi server within a VM seems to be a good approach for testing and playing arround, I thought...
Compared to looking for a cheap HW to set up a physical ESXi it should be much easier, I thought...
I am a newby with ESXi...
Looking arround on VMware communities and the internet it turns out, that there seems to be as much confusion
about how to setup a VM as about how to setup a physical server with ESXi!
What I think to know about the VM approach is the following (may be helpful for other ones...):
Setting up ESXi as VM seems to be possible with some tips&tricks, tweaking vmx file, etc.
VMware Workstation 6.0 and 6.5 as well as VMware server 2.0 should support this approach,
there seem to be a few VMware gurus around, who got it running...
It should work on Intel and AMD 'newer' dual core CPUs,
we should have 64bit support, HW virtualization support and DEP (HW data execution prevention)
We should have a 64 bit OS, where we install Server 2.0 or Workstation 6.x, but this is only a requirement, when we plan to run 64 bit guests within, right?
ESXi from my understanding is not a64 bit application but a 32 bit, right?
So there seems to be no need for a 64 bit OS on our machine.
If we do so, we must know, that we only can setup 32 bit OS in our ESXi server. But this is suffient for testing...
So far so good, let's do it. I will start with the VMware workstation 6.5 I just got.
My platform for testing:
AMD Athlon64 X2 5200+, 8GB RAM, ASUS M2N mainboard, SATA disks, etc.
Windows Server 2008 SP1 Data Center Edition
VMware Workstation 6.5.1 build-126130
What I have done then:
Setup a new VM in VMware workstation with these settings:
- Guest OS: other
- 2 CPUs
- 1048 MB RAM (have seen postings saying 1GB is not sufficient, need a bit more than 1GB)
- VMware HW version: 6.5
- 10GB Disk, SCSI, persistent, not preallocated (you may also use preallocated, if you have sufficient free space)
- 1 NIC bridged
- 3 NICs custom (VMnet3), for future use...
CD/DVD(IDE): connected to ISO: F:\VMware6.5-VMs\VMware-VMvisor-InstallerCD-3.5.0_Update_3-123629.i386.iso
Did not start the VM now but , check/add something to the created vmx file:
- Add the following:
monitor.virtual_exec = "hardware"
monitor_control.enable_svm = "TRUE" (for AMD, but this seems to be an old setting no more necessary for ESXi 3.5 U3 ???, not sure so left it in)
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "TRUE"
If you have INTEL CPU use:
monitor_control.vt32 = "TRUE" (for Intel but this seems to be an old setting no more necessary for ESXi 3.5 U3 ???)
- Check the following lines and correct if necessary:
scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"
ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"
ethernet1.virtualDev = "e1000"
ethernet2.virtualDev = "e1000"
ethernet3.virtualDev = "e1000"
Then powered up the VM:
- Installation started from ISO
- And now it goes very slowly...
after about 3 or 4 h this typical yellow screen disappears and a black one comes up!
- [F11] shows some strange error messages, see attached screenshot
- Installation seems to hang now...
- Oh no, it's just going on a bit (the initial installation screen is comming up again (Welcome... Please select CANCEL / REPAIR / INSTALL)
Obviously the VM has restarted but there is no bootable installation on the disk to boot ???
This is at least the 5th or sixth try to get it running, very frustrating!
Have not expected that after all these good and helpful hints I found before.
Question: why does it need nearly 4 hours and then ands up with a non bootable installation???
Does anybody have any idea what is going wrong???
Is it Workstaiton 6.5, which causes the problem,
Are I doing something stupid ot totally wrong???
What are these error messages saying (see attached)?
Obviously they have come up at the very beginning of this installation and then it has gone on.
Tomorrow will try the same within server 2.0...
Any help appreciated,
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