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I need to consolidate 7 - 10  legacy server (Window NT, Window 2003). Which VMware license is suitable for the purpose ?

How can I evaluate the capcacity (basically memory, CPU) of the server hardware based on the total number of servers to be hosted ?

Can I plug a portable hdd on VM server and used by vm guest ? How to do this ?

How to convert the physical servers to the vmware server ?

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The VMware vSphere 5.5 FREE license will do this, but if you want to BACKUP the VMs, the basic licensed VMware vSphere Essentials at approx $500 will do it for you.

http://store.vmware.com/store/vmwde/en_IE/home

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots

You can use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone to convert your VMs, you will need to use an older version for Windows NT and Windows 2003.

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

Quite simply to work out capacity required use  a spreadsheet.

Total Memory required in all physical servers, all storage required in physical servers, total all CPUs in your physical servers.

Add the totals, and ensure you have Memory, and Storage to suit, CPU is not often the bottleneck, and you should be able to host 5-6 single VMs per Core of a physical processor.

Adding a USB disk, yes see my EE article again

HOW TO: Add and Connect a USB Device to a Virtual Machine, hosted on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX 4.1 ESXi 4.1, ESXi 5.0

here are my other Articles from my Basic Series


see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots


Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

Part 3: HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 6: HOW TO: Create your first Linux Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 7: HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 8: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 9: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Linux on a VMware Linux virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
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What's the different between Essential, Essential Plus, Standard, Enterprise & Enterprise Plus ?

One more check, can we migrate the VM back to a physical machine ,will it support ?

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One more things, in case the vSphere edition can't fit our need, can we move the VM guests to another VM edition, ie can we reuse the guest on another VMware ?

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Yes, VMware editions, just restricts features.

Migrating to physical machine requires additional software. Not available from VMware!

you can compare the different licenses here

http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/compare.html
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Vmware esxi5.5 and esxi5.5 hyperv are same product. correct?
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Yes, full name VMware vSphere Hypervisor = ESXi 5.5.

VMware vSphere includes vCenter Server and VMware vSphere Hypervisor, also commonly called VMware vSphere 5.5 or vSphere 5.5.

the Host OS is ESXi 5.5.
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CAN it convert nt4.0 and window 2003 ?
CAN I install it in usb to save a hdd.
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IS it safe to put vmware on usb or it should be installed on local disk
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Yes, it can convert Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2003.

you will need to use this version of converter

Download VMware vCenter Converter 4.3 here
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 Documentation
VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide


Yes, you can install to USB flash drive, we've been doing it on all our installs since 2004!

and not a installation has failed yet.

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.0 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784
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last question, what's the size of USB flash drive that I need to buy ?

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