I have a physcial host that currently runs off a USB drive with a HP branded free VMware install. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I realize I have no redundancy for the VMware running install. This is running ESXi 4.00.
I have purchased 6 drives to fill up the server now, and I want to start from scratch. I've migrated all the VMs off and onto some SAN storage that is attached to the server. I'd like to remove the USB stick, add the new drives in RAID5, set the server to boot to disk instead, and put on the newest free version of ESXi. I realize when I do the new install, I'll need to disconnect the SAN storage so it doesn't get overwritten by the new install creating a datastore.
Questions are these:
1. Is it a benefit to stick with the HP branded VMware install vs the normal one from VMware?
2. When I am done installing, and i reattach the SAN storage and migrate the VMs back onto the server disk, since they were last existing on version 4.00, will I need to do anything to have them work in the newest version that I'll have on?
3. Is there anything else I'm missing here?