Installing ESXi 4.1 on one laptop and vSphere Client on WinXP on second laptop

I want to install VMWare esxi 4.1 on laptop intel core i 2100 mhz 8gb 1333mhz 500 gb (200/300 logical drives c and d) and ive got a second laptop very old one Duron 900 mhz by 512 mb 20 gb with Win Xp running on it.

So the questions are these:
1. instructions for installing the vmware esxi 4.1 on drive C on first laptop
2. how do i access second logical drive D on first laptop? is it going to be seen from virtual machines or from the second laptop?
3. how do i connect this two laptop - simply with LAN cable and how the network is being set up?
4. how do i configure internet on my virtual machines on first laptop? if i have DSL connection via LAN cable. i should put it into second laptop and give it through vSphere to first one or somehow connect it from virtual machines and share between them?

Yes and why i do this? Just to have maximum performance from my hardware to run virtual machines simultaneously.

So is it possible to use such an old laptop as Duron 900 mhz 512 mb as a vsphere 0client for Core i 2100 mhz 8 gb esxi?

and if possible then how - i need instructions.
and after that how do i configure internet on all virtual machines and how do i access second logical drive on Core i laptop?

Very difficult question....
Malchik3Asked:
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Malchik3Author Commented:
If this scheme is not going to work then i just stay with my workstation 8 :for now )
lrmooreCommented:
You probably could, but that is just way too much hand-holding that you are askin for in a simple forum like this.
Why not use VMWare Server instead of ESXi? This way you don't need 2 separate devices, there is no networking issue because the virtual machines are just bridged to your own NIC by default. Just install it on whatever version of windows you are running now. If you have dhcp running on the network, any VM's you create will simply get an IP address and everything will be happy.
You can still access it from a web interface on another pc if you want.
Malchik3Author Commented:
why? bcz i think my laptop is not powerful enough to get vwware server...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Server 2.0.2 has been discontinued, it is no longer supported and Extended support ended in June 2011.

I would install ESXi onto a USB flash drive or SD card.

Here is the VMware KB on installing 4.1 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020655

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.0 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784

The first thing you will need to do is to download and register for the software

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

ESXi may not even be compatible with your laptop!
VMware vSphere 4.1 Documentation

VMware vSphere 4.1 Documentation Index

Hardware, Software, and Guest Operating System Compatibility Information


Hardware Compatibility Guide

Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 4.1

VMware vSphere Compatibility Matrixes

Guest Operating System Compatibility Guide

Main System Administrator Documentation Set

First published on 13 Jul 2010 for ESXi 4.1 Embedded Build 260247 and vCenter Server 4.1 Build 259021


Getting Started with ESXi Installable

ESXi Installable and vCenter Server Setup Guide

Upgrade Guide


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Malchik3Author Commented:
Good idea! I will install on USB drive.
Malchik3Author Commented:
Yes i have 64-bit with 2 or 4 cores processor (i dont know for sure bcz normally its 2 but ashampoo show it as 4 core). And enough memory

Only if they dont need SCSI so much... Coz i dont know how someone gona get SCSI on laptop... Anyway ill try.
Malchik3Author Commented:
bcz even i have to keep security but still i need to make my work with drawing and poetry. i have to keep different genres of art in each virtual machine and make an image of particular art style collection in separate machine so that i dont mix my art in one bucket...
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