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VMware Esxi 5.1

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How do I manage a VMware Esxi 5.1
I have installed VMware Workstation 11 (30 free trial)
How do I access the VM Server (Esxi 5.1)
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Mr Tortu(r)eSystem Engineer

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Hi,
- you can manage it with vsphere client (access it by web at http://ip_or_name/ and you will have a link to download and install the correct vSphere client version)
- you can manage it with vCenter but this is far from being free

ESXi and Workstation are 2 really different products of VMware.
- Workstation is installed on an existing OS and is design to make one or two vm work, but more for tests, courses, troubleshoot, for administrators. You can put some production vm on it but I don't recommend that
- ESXi is a real and powerfull hypervisor, world proven leader in virtualisation. It is free in its "simple" version, but you can make cluster of ESXi and other lot of things with it but you will have to pay a lot for the licenses.

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Cheers, how would I find the IP of the Esxi ?
Infrastructure Premier Field Administrator
Top Expert 2015
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VMware ESXi is an operating system intended for Server Virtualization.

Starts from here:

https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-basics-guide.pdf

After you have read all the basics, you are ready to understand a lot about vSphere and how to manage it!

But at this point you will understand that ESXi is designed to run in a physical server, not in PCs or Workstations.

VMware helps you with VMware Workstation, a Windows based application that can “emulate” a physical machines.

http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/features.html

You may also emulate ESXI on VMware workstation:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2034803

Am I made your point?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

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VMware Workstation can manage some functions of ESXi but you are better off using the vSphere Client.

IP address is displayed on the console if the ESXi server.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Expert of the Year 2017

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Thank you. But how do I view the ip address?
Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field Administrator
Top Expert 2015

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We are supposing that you have followed our guides....so now you have your ESXi installed in a virtual machine inside VMware Workstation 10 and you have already downloaded and installed vSphere Client on your PC.

Attached you'll see the main console screen presented when ESXi is installed and loaded (by the way....it is already present in Andrew Hancock tutorial).

Open your vSphere Client and insert the IP address presented in your ESXi console....

But probably, analyzing your last question, you misunderstood something....because in my opinion our guidelines were pretty much clear.

Have you followed those tutorials?

Author

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I havent installed, its already running.
The screen appears to be locked, just a white lined border.
Has anyone seen this before?

Author

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Maybe its whats called "lock down mode". I need to manage it and I cant connect with the IP  via the V Sphere client (assuming I have been given the correct address).
Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field Administrator
Top Expert 2015

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Like the screen attached?

screen esxi

Author

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No its not the normal console screen, I think its in lockdown.

Its got the company name up in the top righthand corner followed by VM Server.

No other text, but the screen color and border is the same.

Author

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ok...i pressed f2 a couple of times and go in....sort of.

I have found the IP address but I cant log in, it keeps failing??
Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field Administrator
Top Expert 2015

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If the ESXi was already running probably you don't have the right credential to access!

Usually the default username is root.

But if you do not have the right password, there is no method to restore it without re-installing again ESXi in that machine.

Is this your case?

Author

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i can log in via console, but not via v-sphere
Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field Administrator
Top Expert 2015

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Probably because there is a network misconfiguration between the PC in which vSphere Client is installed and the ESXi installation.

Are you able to determine if the PC running vSphere Client and the ESXi host are in the same network?

Author

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all on the same network
I have complete access to the 2003 VM server on the host.

The console gives me the IP, when I try and connect it just fails "connection failed"
Mr Tortu(r)eSystem Engineer

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Hi,
can you ping it?
Does all firewall (hardware and software) between your pc and the ESXi 5.1 server have ports 443 and 902 open?
When you log in on the console, which user do you use, root or another one?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

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Make sure networking for ESXi VM is set to bridge mode.

Can you ping the ESXi VM?
Mr Tortu(r)eSystem Engineer

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mac_777, I don't understand why you open a new question (ID: 28624870) for the same subject.

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Hi,
can you ping it?
Yes, can ping

Does all firewall (hardware and software) between your pc and the ESXi 5.1 server have ports 443 and 902 open?


When you log in on the console, which user do you use, root or another one?
I use root

Author

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Make sure networking for ESXi VM is set to bridge mode.

Can you ping the ESXi VM?
I can ping it. I just can manage it through v-sphere with the correct IP address I see in the console

Author

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I found the option "lock down mode" changes was greyed out in the console.
Another esxi altogether doesnt have this greyed out.