I've been tasked the below and have zero experience of VMWare.
I have one brand new Dell R610 server with 4 x SATA drives which I was going to build as a RAID 1+0 with Windows 2008 standard R2 using the Open Manage CD
Now the client would prefer a virtual environment as he would like to install 2 x instances of Windows 2008 - one testing and one production
I have downloaded the VMWare ESXi 4.0 free download and have my licence key
a) Will the Dell Open Manage (similar to HP SmartStart) setup offer VMWare as a OS of choice to be installed? It it does then I presume I can use the downloaded ISO image burnt to CD?.
b) When I install ESXi 4.0 ( I have the PDF's and resources) how do I control how much space ESX is going to take from the server. I have calculated that 4 x 160Gb SATA drives in a RAID 1+0 configuration comes to 320GB so ideally I would want maybe
30Gb for ESX
140Gb - first virtual server
150Gb - 2nd virtual server
c) Once ESXi 4.0 is installed as a host server then how do I create the two virtual instances and allocat the above drive space to the two virtual servers
d) Do I go through 2 seperate windows 2008 installs for my two virtual servers
I'm sorry for the amount of questions and details I'm asking but I'd like to be prepared as the work has to be completed over this Easter weekend ready for Tuesday (UK)
Many thanks in advance for your patience