ESXi 5.1 Install

Hi,
I have a Dell PowerEdge R520 that is currently running 4 virtual machines.  It has an application, DC, Exchange, and file server vms.  It has failed disks and a bad setup to begin with so I just want to back it up, put in new drives, configure a new array, and clone the vms back onto the new setup.  Does anybody have the appropriate link to download Dell's custom ESXi iso for Dell?  It is currently ESXi 5.1 with the VMware vSphere 5 Essentials, licensed for 2 physical CPUs.  How would I apply that license when I reinstall?  Also, while I'm at it, I want to add more storage.  It looks like this server has a PERC H710 Mini array controller on it.  Are there any Dell disk enclosures you've had success with or recommend?  Right now I'd just had a couple TB but would expand at a later date.  

Thanks!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Does anybody have the appropriate link to download Dell's custom ESXi iso for Dell?

Download link is here

It is currently ESXi 5.1 with the VMware vSphere 5 Essentials, licensed for 2 physical CPUs.  How would I apply that license when I reinstall?

After installation, and connection with the vSphere Client, select the Host > Configuration Tab > Licensed Features > Right Click Edit at the Top Right > Assign a new license key to this host.

You may want to write down your current key, before you re-install.

It looks like this server has a PERC H710 Mini array controller on it.  Are there any Dell disk enclosures you've had success with or recommend?  Right now I'd just had a couple TB but would expand at a later date.  

Any enclosure with a Dell badge will work with your server.

see my EE Articles for help if required....

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
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JasonAuthor Commented:
Thanks again, Andrew!
I actually did already download that same iso, burned to CD and then installed it on a thumb drive that is inserted into a dell Optiplex 390 because I first wanted to "practice" your method of you described here but the computer now just boots up VMware Hypervisor Recovery briefly, switches to Loading VMware Hypervisor, loads stuff for 20 minutes or so and then automatically reboots, I think after /s.v00.  Is it just because this desktop PC is not compatible with this type of install?  I'm also just using a toshiba 8GB thumb drive we had laying around while we wait for the Dell thumb drives we ordered to arrive.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is this the issue booting from a CDROM ?

You can test in VMware Player or VMware Workstation, which hardware is compatible with VMware ESXi

That is a possibility, VMware vSphere ESXi, is designed only for servers, on the HCL.

As long as you use a good quality USB flash drive, it should be fine, unless faulty.
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JasonAuthor Commented:
It is booting from the Toshiba thumb drive when it reboots.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So the installation has completed, on the USB flash drive.

Possible corrupt USB flash drive, non compatible host.

Although usually the installation will not complete, on a non compatible host.
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JasonAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I'm thinking I can't test this on a desktop.  Compatibility sheet shows servers only.  
As for the Dell Perc H710 mini, it doesn't look like that controller has any external ports on it so that thing won't work for the array enclosure.
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JasonAuthor Commented:
I'm not sitting in front of it but that's what I found on the net.
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JasonAuthor Commented:
...and yes, the installation actually did complete even though it doesn't look compatible.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can always try ESXi installation for test in VMware Player or VMware Workstation.

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JasonAuthor Commented:
Would you recommend putting ESXi 6.0 on the new build or what kind of licensing issues will I run into exporting from 5.1 and importing to 6.0?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are currently on 5.1, I would stick with 5.1.

If this was a new installation, and your first time with vSphere, I would recommend 6.0.

It requires a different license to 5.x, but if you have Support and Subscription, you should have upgrade licenses.
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