ESX 4 Basics

Hi, I am a newbie to ESX 4, never worked with ESX before (linux) and i need to know the basics to managing (starting, shutting down, etc..).  Anyone can help me?
stevedionAsked:
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AntyraelICT SpecialistCommented:
Install Vmware Infrastructure client and connect to your VMware ESX server.
You can probably use your browser to connect to the server IP (or hostname) and download the client from that website.
In the client it basically shows itself how to create a new VM and start or shut it down.
Henry_DunnIIICommented:
VMWare has a web based help product called VMWare Go.  It will walk you through a myriad of steps in configuring and setting up your hosts and VMs.

https://go.vmware.com/
MarinertekCommented:
SteveDion - here's what you need to know to get started:

1. There are two different primary versions of the hypervisor - you have ESX and ESXi - ESX has a linux service console, ESXi does not. If you are new to VMWare my recommendation is to install ESXi and do all your configuration through the VI Client.

2. Once you install ESXi on the server you the hypervisor will get an address via DHCP. To manage the features of ESXi you must connect via the VI Client - this is a Windows application. Once you install the VI Client on another PC you put in the IP or FQDN of the ESXi server to connect with a username password (by default "root" and blank password). Once you're connected you'll be able to do basic administration tasks on the server through the VI Client. This VI Client connection will allow you to do all the administrative features you will need to get started.

3. Read up on the Getting-Started guide for ESX:

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_esx_get_start.pdf

That should point you in the right direction for managing your system. Complete vSphere 4.0 documentation can be found here:

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vs_pages/vsp_pubs_esx40_vc40.html

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stevedionAuthor Commented:
Hi Marinertek,  Tks for the info.  Quick question, do i need to install a particular version of Linux for this to work (i.e. Redhat, ubuntu, etc...)?  I am new to the Linux world and need to figure this out.  A client i am supporting has an ESX Linux.
MarinertekCommented:
Hey stevedion - esx is a bare-metal hypervisor so almost any OS can be installed on top. To manage esx you need the vmware client - it's windows only. To manage their linux virtual machine you could simply use ssh to the vm like any other server
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