Solved

VMware ESXi on SSD drive

Posted on 2012-03-15
2
961 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Has anybody successfully isntall esxi 4.1 or 5,0 on an ssd drive. We need to test and are looking at this configuration. I have a 256G SSD drive that I am looking into.
Thanks,
0
Comment
Question by:cheto06
2 Comments
 
LVL 118

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
ID: 37725566
Yes, no issues, you can use them for a datastore or as a Host Cache Configuration in ESXi 5.0.

We've tested OCZ, Corsair consumer models, and Professional and Enterprise Fusion-IO and OCZ Revo models.

BUT, I would not waste my money on actually installing ESXi on the SSD, It would only be used a ESXi BOOT-UP.

Install on a USB or SD card instead, and use the SSD as a datastore or host cache.

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

Host Cache Configuration in ESXi 5.0, if you get issues with SSD detection use these articles

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2011/07/how-to-trick-esxi-5-in-seeing-ssd.html

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2011/08/18/swap-to-host-cache-aka-swap-to-ssd/
0

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

HOW TO: Upload an ISO image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) using the vSphere Host Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.  It's a good idea to compare checksums, because many installat…
When rebooting a vCenters 6.0 and try to connect using vSphere Client we get this issue "Invalid URL: The hostname could not parsed." When we get this error we need to do some changes in the vCenter advanced settings to fix the issue.
Teach the user how to install log collectors and how to configure ESXi 5.5 for remote logging Open console session and mount vCenter Server installer: Install vSphere Core Dump Collector: Install vSphere Syslog Collector: Open vSphere Client: Config…
How to install and configure Citrix XenApp 6.5 - Part 1. In this video tutorial we have explained step by step installation of Citrix XenApp 6.5 Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 is explained in this video. We have explained the difference between…

862 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

25 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now