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How to Install ESXi 5 – The Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor

with 2 Comments by Tom Finnis

ESXi5 is the latest version of VMware's virtualization hypervisor, which enables multiple virtual machines to run simultaneously on a single physical host, and is free to download and use. In this article Tom Finnis describes the new features in this version and discusses how you might benefit from installing it, whilst covering the basics like hardware requirements and the installation procedure.

Upgrading to vSphere 4.1 Overview

by David Davis

What does a typical vSphere upgrade entail? What do you need to know before upgrading your vSphere to version 4.1? In this overview you'll learn about preventing downtimes, performing backups, and using the vCenter Agent Pre-Upgrade Check Tool to get ready for upgrading to vSphere 4.1

Planning for vSphere: Key Considerations for a Successful Deployment

with 2 Comments by Tom Finnis

Whether you're planning on virtualizing the majority of your existing servers or just using it as part of your infrastructure, vSphere4 represents a major investment for most SME IT managers. This article is aimed at helping you plan for implementing your own vSphere4 Infrastructure, from meeting system requirements to choosing appropriate licensing options, and all options in between.

Physical to Virtual Conversion of Linux Servers with VMware Converter BootCD

with 6 Comments by Tom Finnis

Although VMware Converter 4 now has Linux support there are still a number of limitations to what servers you will be able to convert. Written for Windows people, this guide by VMware Pro Tom Finnis explains how to use the Converter BootCD to convert any physical server to a virtual image, and how to resolve the problems you're likely to encounter without needing advanced Linux skills.

ESXi 4.0 – Installing In “Embedded” Mode

with 7 Comments by Tom Finnis

VMware ESXi 4.0 provides enhanced support for installing in "embedded" mode, so the host server does not need any physical disks installed. For vSphere Infrastructures utilizing SAN storage this allows diskless operation, reducing hardware costs and improving boot times. In this article Tom Finnis demonstrates how to do this with Hewlett Packard's new G6 series servers using their built-in SD card slot.