What is the process of installing VMware and Windows to a new environment?
Posted on 2011-03-12
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.
I was informed to take a course which i did but the part of VMware and Windows stumps me.
I attended the course, just finished it on Friday. Still a bit confused on how Windows is involved. For every VM we create for an app we must associate a guest OS, correct? I am perplexed because Windows is a VM. I understood a lot from the course. Its just the beginning stuff - Windows. Right now I use Windows to do everything. But, are you saying that I no longer use Windows but instead ESXi? If I have 15 VMs, that means all VMs have Windows as their guest OS if I only installed one OS? If I update the OS VM that gets reflected on the guest OS? Do I do a full install of Windows on the VM as if I was doing it on a new box and not using VMware? Regarding the .iso, what do you mean? Do I convert first the Windows cd/dvd into an .iso and place that on the datastore with other .iso files? Do I then create a VM and call it Windows 2008 and point it to the .iso to install? Do I do a normal install as if I was doing it to a new box without VMware? Or is it a different type of install?
Does vCenter server get installed on the Windows VM?
If I have two host does that mean I must have only one Windows VM but two licenses for Windows? does both host share that Windows VM?
When I install vCenter server, do I first create a VM and install it on it with a Windoes guest OS?
Your assistance with this will be greatly appreciated and rewarded.