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ESXI 4.1 installation: new install: basic questions

Posted on 2011-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello experts:

Preparing to install ESXI 4.1; but have some basic questions:

1. is this the actual installation package: EXSi 4.1 Installable update 1?
2. do I just burn this .iso into a CD and boot the machine?
3. what services would I see running?

about the host:
centos 5.5
64 bit
no other virtualization pkgs installed

thank you experts...

Question by:epifanio67
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Neil Russell earned 250 total points
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3 You will see ESXi4.1 running!

IF you install ESXi4.1 then that IS ALL that will be on the machine after. It is a bare metal install.

Author Comment

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thank you expert,

not sure what you mean by your last comment..

"IF you install ESXi4.1 then that IS ALL that will be on the machine after. It is a bare metal install."

what do you mean by bare metal install?
would I be wiping out the OS?

thanks so much for your help
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coolsport00 earned 250 total points
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As "Neilsr" states. But, you need to uninstall Centos since ESX/ESXi *are* the OS (hypervisor) install, directly on the hardware.

Just stick in the CD/DVD to the host and run through the install screens. See the Install Guide (begininng on pg. 43) for install instructions. Let us know if you have further questions:

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Expert Comment

ID: 34964859
Yes, ESXi is indeed the 'OS'. :)


Author Comment

ID: 34964930
thank you experts...

sorry.. one more question..

once I do the install, would I still need to access the host, hypervisor, directly? or no?

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Expert Comment

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You can log into the host from your workstation using the vSphere Client
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Expert Comment

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You can download it from http://IPofHost after ESXi is installed.

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thank you so much experts...

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