VMWare Newbie

Hello all,
Well, I must bite the bullet and learn about VMWare, so I am asking what is the best way to go about doing this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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K_WilkeAsked:
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dmwynneCommented:
Depends what you have access to and your ultimate goal.  If you want to learn about the enterprise products.  Find a decent old server and install the free version Vmware Esxi, install some guests, that will get you going.

http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor/overview.html

Best way to learn and find out what you need to know is to jump and do it.

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dmwynneCommented:
The Esxi has the basic features but you can run Enterprise apps on it.  Alot of the fancy features only come with the paid version.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What do you want to learn about VMware, VMware is a company which has many Virtualisation, Products, split into Datacentre, Desktop and Cloud.

VMware Workstation is a Type 2 Hypervisor, other Type 2 Hypervisors include, VMware Server 2, VMware Player 3.0, Virtualbox 4.0, and Parallels.

Type 2 Hypervisors are SLOW.  In most reviews and experience, they perform at roughly 30-40% hardware capability.  That means an OS in a VM run off VMWare Workstation will likely perform at best like it has an 800 MHz CPU if you have 2 GHz physical CPU. You install Type 2 hypervisors onto of an existing host operating system.

If you use a Type 1 Hypervisor, you get MUCH better performance. ESX, ESXi, are all Type 1 hypervisors - they (based on experience and reviews) typically get 80-90% hardware capability - so that same VM run off the same 2 GHz CPU should operate more like it has a 1.6 GHz CPU instead of 800 Mhz. Type 1 hypervisors are installed on the bare metal of the server.

Type 1 and Type 2 Hypervisor Downloads

Type 2 Hypervisor Downloads for Windows OS

VMware Player 4.0 Free Download
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/4_0

VMware Workstation 8.0 (60 day trial, $199)
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation/8_0

Type 1 Bare Metal Hypervisors

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/index.php?p=free-esxi&lp=1


The Industry standard Hypervisor is VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), but you'll need a server or compatible workstation to install as it's a bare metal server, of you could use VMware Player 4.0, to host VMs, or also install ESXi.
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K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
Yes I want to learn the enterprise product but should learn any other products of VMWare as well.
Will try to get my hands on a decent old server then.
Thank you,
Kelly W.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Best way, start and download VMware Player 4.0, and start geting familiar with virtual machines, and then later you can try VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to try, Enterprise Products...

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/index.php?p=free-esxi&lp=1

Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) here

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

and you use a 64 bit server and enable Intel Virtualisation Tecnology also called Intel-VT.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can install ESXi in VMware Player, if it's just for lab or test, and then there is no need for a server!

See this URL and article

http://www.veeam.com/blog/nesting-hyper-v-with-vmware-workstation-8-and-esxi-5.html
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K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
Exactly what I wanted to see.  Thank you so very much.
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