Manage esxi without VCenter?

Hi,

I d like to run an esxi on low hardware, just for 1 or 2 vm s (HP Microserver). Is there a wat to configure the vms without the need of VCenter?  Or I might run Hyper-V but not sure if XPENology runs on it and there is a management interface like VCenter(?) for Hyperv?

J.
janhoedtAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
*esxi: so no client will be needed BUT a browser as from now?

Correct with ESXi 6.5 or patch earlier versions which can use the Web Host Client.

*the free esxi 6.5, has it limitations (home use only) in time or functionality?

None - you just don't get all the bells and whistles, but if you've only got a single ESXi and no shared storage..... then do you need them!

*can I update esxi via web

No. Ish.... you can connect via SSH, and complete a web update from Internet.

*I d like to boot esxi from usb, any recommendation on usb model or type for esxi?

Good Quality, e.g. 16GB SanDisk

*running synology on esxi, can I  address (existing) physical disks?  I d then migrate my Synology physical to Xpenology ...

Yes.

*how does hyper v compare to esxi?  are they equal or is esxi still superior?

Both very good hypervisors.
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
You can still access the mangement web page through the IP address of the host. The information you need should be up on the host screen once it has booted up.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
So you can manage an esxi host via a webinterface? Thought you needed to install client for that?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No need for vCenter Server! Only FULL Web Management is available with 6.5 unless you install Web Host Client on earlier platforms!

Just connect direct to the IP Address of the ESXi Host! (and if using 6.5 you can now use a Web Browser!)

Please see my EE Articles

Part 1:  HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) using the vSphere (HTML5 Web) Host Client 6.5
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Yep, what Andrew said.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Great!  Worked with esxi 4 before and there it was not possible.
So I have some questions left then:
*esxi: so no client will be needed BUT a browser as from now?
*the free esxi 6.5, has it limitations (home use only) in time or functionality?
*can I update esxi via web
*I d like to boot esxi from usb, any recommendation on usb model or type for esxi?
*running synology on esxi, can I  address (existing) physical disks?  I d then migrate my Synology physical to Xpenology ...
*how does hyper v compare to esxi?  are they equal or is esxi still superior?

J
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
I really don't care about points that much, but I did answer first. Andy responded to the supplemental questions.
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