Need some assistance in building Nested VMware ESXi lab for VCAP5-DCA exam

Hi Folks,

How and where can I find the suggested way to design or create the test lab for passing the VCAP5-DCA certification ?

I currently have one single

HP DL 360p G7
2x quad core CPU
52 GB RAM
4x 300 GB HDD

what is the suggested way to setup the nested ESXi lab ?

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Install ESXi 5.5 on a USB flash drive or SD card.

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.x on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784

Download the HP OEM version for your HOST, and download the VMware versions for your vESXi Nested VMs.

This should get you on your way....

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2013/09/how-to-quickly-setup-and-test-vmware.html

Also use the vCenter Appliance (linux) rather than vCenter Server for Windows, because it's quicker to deloy and junk, and re-import.

also see my EE Article

HOW TO:  VCP 5
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
ok, so is it possible to run 2x ESXi server and how to simulate or create the networking structure ? I'm still unclear.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just connect them ALL to the same LAN, via the Default Network - VM Network.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
what about the RAID group type ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
On your host, I would opt for RAID 5 or RAID 10, depends on how much storage and disks you want, or how much resilience.

you could user RAID 6.

What RAID do you usually use for server?

Most that have a lab, have no RAID!
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
well, my only hardware for this lab is just single HP DL 360 G7 with only 4x 300 GB SATA disk.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ample space.

I'd select RAID 5.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
(-_-)" I cannot use RAID5 because the default RAID type that is available to the DL 360 G7 is just RAID 1/0 or 1 or 0, so in this case I go ahead with RAID 1/0.

what about the networking type ?
do I need to create its own Subnet or can I just use the current IP address range taht is available to me from the ADSL Modem/Router 192.168.1.0/24 ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can use the current network subnet, 192.168.1.0/24 - that should not cause any issues.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
ok, so how about for the vMotion and the other iSCSI network, in the nested lab. is that also OK to do ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, unless you want to create new networks, and make it more complicated.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
what about deploying Cisco Nexus 1000V appliance ?
is that also possible in nested environment ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it's possible
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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