How to install OpenDNS

So, after months of discussions our school is ready to jump on board with OpenDNS for content filtering.

Of course OpenDNS fails to mention that their product only operates with VMWare ESXI 4.1 Update 2.

We have Server 2003 Standard and no idea on how to get this VMWare thing installed.

Neither does OpenDNS (found out through an escalated call to support).

Can anyone shed any light on this?
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Firstly, VMware ESXi 4.1 which is FREE, is a Bare Metal OS, which means, it installs on a Bare Metal Server, and will replace the OS on your existing Windows 2003 Server. You may not even have a physical server compatible with ESXi 4.1 U2

Also, you must check that your current server meets the Server Requirements...

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

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

after that, I've written a Basic VMware 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)

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It's possible that their virtual appliance, could work on VMware Workstation, Player or Oracle Virtualbox, but these are Type 2 Hypervisors, and Performance could be poor.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thank you hanccocka.  Doesn't the whole VMWare thing seem significant enough that it should have been brought up a while ago?

It seems as though OpenDNS is expecting a company to purchase OpenDNS and hardware to run it...
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would have thought they would have mentioned it was a virtual appliance.

However VMware ESX is now quite common place.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Does this mean that it is too late to install ESX now?  Should it be the first item installed (if the hardware was on the HCL)?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it's the first item which needs to be installed. It's not too late

no need for any OS, it will replace it, e.g. overwrite Windows 2003.

ESXi is the OS.

Just pretend, Windows 2003 is not installed, follow the instructions and it will overwrite and replace the Windows 2003 OS, just make sure you have no data you need!
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