HI Guys,

Im new to VMWare so be easy on me. Today, I've download the below but when I open the two files, one is zipped and the other is a folder, both of them contained on .EXE file.


I want to install VMWare ESX 4 Server (trial only), which one should I download?

Being new to VMWare, this product has a lot of flavors to chose from and it gets confusing from newbie like me.

Thanks a lot.
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coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Well, first, you should check your host against VMware's HCL to see if it's even compatible for install and, if it is, which version you can run on it. If not, you can look at a whitebox...if this is for testing purposes:

As mentioned by "rmonsen", you've downloaded solely the update file. What you need is the 'Installable ISO'. So, go here: http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vsphere_4/4_0, then click on the Download button. Sign in with your email addy & pwd. Once you 'agree' to the EULA, you'll be directed to the download page. Download the top option -> ESXi 4.1 Installable Update 1 (CD ISO)

Your host must support 64-bit install. Your CPUs must support Intel-VT or AMD-V to run/install 64-bit VMs, which is what you will need to install vCenter 4.1.

And lastly, you need to make sure you have Windows licenses to cover all your VM installs...if you choose to run Windows (vCenter requires Windows).

Hope that helps.

rmonsenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You have downloaded the Upgrade file that requires a previous version of ESXi to be installed.

Since you don't have a previous install, get a full install CD instead. Find the "ESXi 4.1 Installable Update 1 (CD ISO)" download on the same page as the one you have already downloaded.
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Which are you looking at using ESX or ESXI? ESXI is free but has some limitations. I can see from that file its ESXI.
And btw, you say you wish to install ESX server trial, but the file you have already downloaded is for ESXi. If you want ESX instead, go here and register for the trial: https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/index.php?p=vmware-vsphere&lp=1
If you want a fully functional vmware product that is free have a look at vitualbox.org
ESXI is server based and is free sure it has its limitations but supports a lot more than Virtual box, and if your looking at ESX trial it supports even more, as rmonsen mentioned you can get you from the trial from the link he provided.
BTW, Here's the HCL URL: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php, to check your host compatibility.

mcse2007Author Commented:
thanks guys...its been educational
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