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OK, I give, can you install vsphere 4 on windows 2003?

Douglas-Brouhard
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I've played with VMWare server (free 2 CPU version) and want to move on to VSphere4.  I've downloaded vsphere 4 ESX and ESXi and can't figure out how to install it...  The VMWare server had a simple .exe file.  VSphere has iso, .zip and .exe files and no obvious installation procedure...
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Senior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008
Commented:
vSphere is a bare metal hypervisor so it would be the other way around.  You install ESX/ESXi and then you would install Widnows 2003.

Make sure to check the VMware HCL before installing to ensure that your system is compatible.

Burn ISO to DVD and install on bare metal system
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
All you need to do is place the iso on your desktop, then, in the create VM wizard, 'browse' to the iso and go through the install. See starting on pg. 65 of the Server User's Guide:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmserver2.pdf

Regards,
~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
If you're wanting to test vSphere, you can create ESX/i and vCenter Server VMs within VMware Server. I assumed that's what you're wanting to do?

Otherwise, what you do is install ESX/i on the host directly (as Paul mentions), then you can create a VM and install vCenter on it.

Regards,
~coolsport00
You can install ESX/ESXi inside VMware workstation 7 with out the need to tweak the VMX file. this is only for testing purposes. if  you do not have Workstation 7 but have older ver of Workstation, then this link might help you.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Virus_and_Spyware/Operating_Systems/Q_24010164.html