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1st install of VMWare ESX4.0i

Hi Experts,
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
Questions
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
Rob
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
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?.

A. You can install ESXi without using Dell OpenManage 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

A. VMware ESXi creates its own filesystem called VMFS and it is on this VMFS your Virtual Machines be stored.


c) Once ESXi 4.0 is installed as a host server then  how do I create the two virtual instances and allocate the above drive  space to the two virtual servers
A. Login using vSphere Client using root credentials and create 2 VMs accordingly.

d) Do I go through 2 seperate windows 2008 installs  for my two virtual servers ?
A. You can use Template functionality, run SysPrep on the second instance.





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RobKanjAuthor Commented:
Hi Arunraju
Many thanks for your swift response. May I ask for some more detail:
a) If I can boot up off the ESXi ISO disk then how would I install the Dell Open Manage features such as preparing the RAID configuration and loading all the system drivers
b) How do I allocate a limited space to ESXi so I have space for the two virtual servers
c) I understand C - thanks
d) I have not much experience of sysprep so will probably do two seperate installs
Look forward to your assistance
Regards
Rob
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
a) If I can boot up off the ESXi ISO disk then how would I install the  Dell Open Manage features such as preparing the RAID configuration and  loading all the system drivers

You can use the Dell PERC Utility to set your RAID 10.
I guess this can be done by pressing the "DELETE" key at System Startup

b) How do I allocate a limited space to ESXi so I have space for the two  virtual servers

By default, ESXi will install itself as a *.VMDK file itself while the rest of the space would be utilized for VMFS (storing your Virtual Machines)

d) I have not much experience of sysprep so will probably do two  seperate installs

Simply install Windows Server 2008 once, copy the VMDK and VMX file and rename the VMX and VMDK file of the copied VM, power on the VM without attaching vNIC (Virtual NIC), login and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\SysPrep.
Within the folder, you will have the SysPrep.exe using which you can generate a new SID for the second Virtual Machine and rename the VM accordingly.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
VMWare offers a Dell flavored ESXi build.  Download and install, this should give you Dell Openmanage monitoring capabiliteis.
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patilsudarshanCommented:
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?.
===> Dell open manager doesn't support VMware as a OS choice. You have to boot from VMware CD and follow the installation steps. VMware ESXi4.0 support Dell R610 so you don't require any additional driver support

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

===> ESXi4.0 OS require  1.5GB minimum hard-disk space. Depends on your environment you can assign more space for root partition and virtual memory for good performance and use rest of space for Datastore

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

===> 1) Use vSphere Client
         2) Login to ESXi 4.0 server using vSphere client.
         3) Create virtual machine using "Create New Virtual Machine" wizard and during this wizard mention require virtual disk size for virtual machine.

d) Do I go through 2 seperate windows 2008 installs for my two virtual servers

===>1)  If you are using vSphere client GUI then you have two install 2 separate windows 2008 servers.
2) If you are using vCenter server then there is "Clone" option to for avoid multi installation task.
3) Or you can get ESXi4.0 console and copy installed windows OS vmdk file at location virtual machine second
       


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RobKanjAuthor Commented:
Namaste Arunraju and Patilsudarshan
Thanks for your responses....all complete. Just some points for your interest
The Dell Open Manage DVD that came with the R610 contained the option for VMWare 3.5 and 4.0 ESX and ESXi Update 1. I chose the relevant version and then used the VMWARE boot up DVD. Therefore the Open Manage software prepped the server as regards to the RAID and base drivers.
Created the Virtual servers no problem and tried the sysprep metho which did not work for me but thats becuase I was impatient and didnlt have time to research. Did two clean installs and ll was fine.
Many thanks
Regards
Robin
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