How to install OpenDNS

Posted on 2013-12-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
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?
Question by:classnet
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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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.

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)

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)

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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

Any questions, just ask.....

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.

Author Comment

ID: 39722895
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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ID: 39722896
Thank you very much!
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ID: 39722941
I would have thought they would have mentioned it was a virtual appliance.

However VMware ESX is now quite common place.

Author Comment

ID: 39722978
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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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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