want to use old VMWARE server for training. Need to login.

I have an old VMWARE server that has been replaced.  I was wanting to use this old server and setup a small network with  3 laptops connected to a switch for some server training.  I don't really know much about how to get into the VMWARE server.  Right now it is powered on and on a DOS looking screen for vmware esxi.  There is a static ip address I see and a location to download tools.  I assume I need to have computer be able to download vsphere so I can login.  What are my first steps in getting this ready to use as a training server?  First is login I guess.  Also, would I be able to use a small 8 port linksys switch and plug in the server, and 3 laptops and create the small test network?  Is that how it would be done?

***I won't of course be plugging this into our internet or existing network switches.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Download vSphere Client and connect...

just like my EE Article

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 (ESXi 6.0) using the vSphere Client (C# client)

You will need to have the root username and password, if you do not know the password, you will have to re-install ESXi software or "hack" the password!

 Also, would I be able to use a small 8 port linksys switch and plug in the server, and 3 laptops and create the small test network?  Is that how it would be done?

Just connect all devices, laptops and server into switch!

you will need to allocate 3 static IP Addresses to the laptops, in the same sub-network
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
First step is knowing the logon credentials.  

You should be able to test this by using the static IP address of the host in a browser and logging in.

Yes, you will need a computer connected to download vsphere.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
I'm not able to reach the server by the IP address. There are several network ports on the back of the server how do I know which one to plug into. I see network port one through four and one that says ILO. The laptop I'm using and the server right now plugged into the switch with networkingCables
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Definitely not ILO.  Log into the "DOS" interface on the server and under "Network Settings" (or something like that) you can see which ports on the host are configured.

Could be 1, could be more.
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Can you ping that IP address?  You may have to statically configure your workstation's TCP/IP to do this.

It will need to be in the same range and same subnet as the host.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm not able to reach the server by the IP address. There are several network ports on the back of the server how do I know which one to plug into.

you dont!

try all, don't bother with iLo

but you'll need to setup IP Addresses on laptop, in the same subnet,

BUT - DO YOU HAVE THE PASSWORD AND LOGIN DETAILS FOR THIS SERVER ?

otherwise we are wasting questions here ?
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mkramer777Author Commented:
I am getting login credentials and I have setup an ip address on the same subnet.  I will let you know when that is completed.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
OK I'm in.  I'm not that familiar with VMware so this is what I have done up to this point.  I have created a VM (windows 2008 server R2)  and gave it 100 GB of space and 8GB of RAM.  How do I add the OS to this VM and what are the next steps after that?  

* I want to be able to add the roles of DNS, DHCP, AD, and some others on the VM so I can setup a test network enviroment with 3 laptops connected to the switch that the server is connected to.    Does the switch need to be configured a certain way?  It is just an 8 port Linksys switch that I used before to jump off of an IP phone and then connect to other laptops to.  Never configured it.  Opened up the box and plugged it in.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, I think following my guides will help...... step by step tutorials with screenshots....so jump in at Part 3, but you would be wise to read Part 1 and Part 2, although already done to familarise yourself with terms...

all valid for ESXi 5.1 to 6.0!

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)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

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

Part 11: HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues System logs on host are stored on non-persistent storage

Part 12: HOW TO: Configure and Replace the SSL Certificate on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 13: HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

Part 14: HOW TO: Configure basic networking on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server
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mkramer777Author Commented:
I have a license for win 20008 R2 available but can I download the 180 day evaluation version as well?  Will that work?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can use any ISO, it's got nothing to do with VMware.

Download a 180 day evaluation, and you can use it for 180 days!
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