vSphere 5.1 Lab

vSphere 5.1 Lab – Installing the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)

  Now that we’ve got some VSA’s sharing storage, and some nested ESXi hosts, it’s time to get vCenter up and running. VMware has a vCenter appliance, which scales quite nicely. One benefit of the vCSA is that it doesn’t require a Windows license – otherwise, the benefits for most running this or the Windows service are negligible. Step 1: Download the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) This download is located within your “my VMware” under downloads, and vSphere.  ( a trial can be downloaded here) Extract the .zip file, and[…]

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vSphere 5.1 Lab – Nested ESXi 5.1

Now that I’ve got some shared storage setup for the lab environment, it’s time to get some ESXi 5.1 hosts.  Since this is a lab environment, I want to run some nested ESXi 5.1 hosts. Running nested means installing a hypervisor inside of another hypervisor.  This could be XenServer, Hyper-V, or ESXi.  Obviously, I recommend the later!  You can install and run VMs on top of the nested ESXI install, and they can be 64bit, but that depends on the CPU. I had already blogged about running a nested setup previously, however, there[…]

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vSphere 5.1 Lab – HP StoreVirtual VSA Install

Next, I needed some shared storage to eventually present to my nested ESXi servers.  I decided to use HP’s StoreVirtual VSA (Formerly LeftHand) because I work with it fairly often, and because it’s the only VSA supported for SRM. HP offers the VSA for a trial period of 60 days – plenty of time to work with it. It is available here. Once extracted, there is a setup.exe in the vsatrial folder.  Normally, this setup would unzip the .ovf and .vmdk files, ask for vSphere credentials, disk size, etc –[…]

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vSphere 5.1 Lab – Initial Setup

With the release of vSphere 5.1 now, and some of the new features, I decided to dedicate a new series of posts just to 5.1, and install it all in my lab environment – from the ground up. First off – this is a clean slate – I won’t be doing any upgrades – everything will be a fresh install. Hardware: HP ML370 g5 Dual Xeon E5345 Quad Core 32 GB RAM 8x 146 GB SAS 10k in Raid 5 8x 146 GB SAS 10k in Raid 10 Since I[…]

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