I am following this and asking questions related to the same post:
Here is what my plan is :
Follow the posts and build a LAB , (best possible configuration LAB)-- follow as many best practicers as possible.
For now i have 1 Rack Server HP G5 - 2 NIC connections , 1 ILO , 8 Disks (Local - SATA) each 80GB , 32GB RAM
With my first LAB , i want to master the basic VMware ESXI features that dont need multiple Hosts , NIC's , SAN , ISCSI
After i finish the LAB - All basic things . I will go to more advance features and add test SAN , NAS , And 1 more host
Question No. 1 -- You have mentioned in your post that you will install exi on 1GB disk and use 40GB for VM's
How would you suggest for me to use the disks for vsphere install and storage of VM's (Best Practice)
Shall i use Hardware RAID and Choose 2 disks as RAID -0 (For ESXi) and rest 6 as RAID 5 (For VMs)
Q2: While ESXi is installing and it shows me the disks that i configure following your recommendation of Q:1
If i install esxi on partiion 1 , does the setup format (Watever it is called) all the partitions or just one that i choose for esxi intall
as in your case you choose 1GB disk - will it format that only or the 40GB as well
Q:3 What is the File System it formats as
Q:4 We come to Network Configuration:
As mentioned the 1 have 2 NIC cards connected to the Switch and have link (It is our Test VLAN) and has a DHCP available as well.
What will happen when esxi is installed: NIC automatically get IP (From DHCP) domain settings etc (From DHCP Scope Options)
Can i change the IP and delete all domain settings like DNS suffic that it receive from DHCP
As i dont want this to be part of domain.
Q:5 If i have 3 NIC cards on my HP Hhost all connected to the switch , will all of them get IP's from DHCP or only 1 of them
Q:6 Since we configure Mangement Network , is that the NIC that will become VMNIC0
Q:7 What is the naming based VMNIC?
Q:8 After Host reboots what does vSWITCH0 indicate .. is VMNIC0 converted to vSwitch0
Q:9 on the Standard Switch0 it shows : virtual machine Port Group and VMKernel Port
We dint configure that anywhere - How does it assign that
Q:10 How does it choose between vmnext3 or e1000