We are now running a whitebox server with SBS 2003 R2 and Exchange 2003 and sevral other applications. Since the box is reaching its end cycle, we were planning on upgrading our servers and apps to the latest. We plan on running Windows 2008 and VMware 4.1. We plan on having two hosts for redundancy and a SAN to keep store of everything. What gets installed first on the host? Is it Windows or VMware? I noticed that servers come preinstalled with embedded ESXi. If this is the case, how does the Windows get applied? Do I create a VM and install the Windows onto it? Does Windows get installed on the host or the SAN? If Windows is a VM how to I install other applications as VMs? Do I create a new VM and then use WIndows as a guest OS? How does that work if Windows is a VM? DO I have to configure Windows and ESXi side by side? Can you explain the procedure in steps what goes first and how and why? I am stump about how Windows comes into play.