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Hi Guys,

I'm evaluating VMWare hence i'm quite new to this technology. I've installed VMWare ESXi 4.1.0 now I want to manage it...should I then install the below,  by booting up my server or install inside Windows 2003 server which is virtual server ?

VMware vCenter Server 4.1 and modules (binary zip)

Thanks heaps.
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Well, open an internet browser and go to http://IPofESXiHost. Once there, download & install on your local workstation vSphere Client. Once installed, open it up and log into your host with its IP & root credentials. After you log in, then yes, you should create a vCenter Server. you can install vCenter on a VM or a phys box. After vCenter is installed, you can then use the vSphere Client to log into vCenter. After you log into vCenter, create a datacenter (right-click on the vCenter Server and select to create a new datacenter), then right-click on the datacenter you just created and select to 'add a host'. You can then create VMs, etc.

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You could review the DC Adm Guide:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_dc_admin_guide.pdf, on how to get up and going. All vSphere Guides can be found here:
http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vs_pages/vsp_pubs_esxi41_i_vc41.html, Guides and Papers tab.

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Last night, i've installed the below, then using vSphere Client, i've logged into the localhost. I've created a new VM server for Windows 2003 O/S.

VMWare ESXi 4.1.0

So what I've done above was incorrect compared to what you've explained above (thanks also for clear instruction) ?
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Well, no...you haven't done wrong really. You're on the right track. You've created a W2K3 VM...that's ok. Is it 64bit? If so, you can install vCenter on that VM and you'll be ok. I assume this will be a small and/or test environment? If so, when installing vCenter, just use the default local database install. Look at the vCenter install procedures from the ESXi vCenter install guide on the 2nd link I provided. You're really on the right track "mcse2007"...keep going! :)

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Ok, that's good. Yes W2K3 VM is 64bit..ok, I'll install the vCenter inside this VM.

Correct, it will be a small test lab.

Thanks again coolsport00 for your assistance.
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Ok, that's good. Yes W2K3 VM is 64bit..ok, I'll install the vCenter inside this VM.

Correct, it will be a small test lab.

Thanks again coolsport00 for your assistance.
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sorry, I've posted my reply twice.

Also, one more thing, manage VMWare localhost, which one is the preferred to download. I know the second one has got everything which is massive.

VMware vCenter Lab Manager 4.0.2
07/15/10  |  4.0.2  |  96 MB  |  Binary (.exe)

VMware vCenter Server 4.1 and modules
07/13/10  |  4.1  |  1.8 GB  |  Binary (.zip)
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vCenter Server is what you need. Lab Mgr is a whole separate product. I'm honestly not too incredibly familiar with that. But, to go along with your ESXi hosts, for central mgmt, etc. you need vCenter Server.

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Do you know which amongst the list from this link is vCenter Server http://downloads.vmware.com/d/  ?
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