VMWARE VSPHERE5.1HOME LAB BUILD   Part I – ESXi installation             OUT
OVERVIEW   Differences between ESXi 4.x and 5.x installs   ESXi Installation Options   Best Practices for ESXi 5.1 Inst...
INSTALLATION DIFFERENCESW/5.XService Console is gone – instead we’ll be using vCLI and PowerCLIcommandsNo boot disk requir...
INSTALL OPTIONSESXi can be installed using several methods:1. Interactive – you sit at the server, boot the CD/DVD/USB/PXE...
BEST PRACTICES FOR ESXI5.1 INSTALLATIONThere is a “Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.1” that Irecommend read...
MY LAB HARDWARE                                                                    Switch 1                               ...
INSTALL1. Boot physical server to CD and run install Autoconfiguration Mode2. Basic configuration to get “on net” Direct...
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I'm rebuilding my vsphere home lab from scratch. This is deck/video 1 - esxi 5.1 installation. See the whole video at my blog - http://wp.me/p2ngZY-4k

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  • This video covers installation of VMware ESXi 5.1 as part of my lab rebuild project.
  • My Lab Hardware – quick review of that for contextThe Install – start the install itself
  • It shouldn’t be any secret that the Service Console is gone. If you haven’t moved on yet this will be a bit of a surprise. No boot disk required – at allNo graphical installer – very basic infact
  • I’ll be using Interactive to create the first as I do not have any infrastructure until I can get some VMs running. Once I have the pre-requisites running I’ll use Auto Deploy Stateless Provisioning with Host Profiles to install ESXi host #2.
  • For a corporate type of environment, whether POC, lab or production there is actually a good bit of information to be aware of and I cannot underscore the need for planning and more planning prior to pushing the first button.
  • Here’s the HW I have in my home lab. Nothing too fancy but definitely covers most basis. I use the physical HP servers as ESXi hosts and I can turn up virtual ESXi hosts on the pc dedicated to VMware Workstation. I do that for specific scenarios where I need more than 2 hosts. As I move forward with the installations and configurations in upcoming videos I’ll get into much detail.
  • There’s actually a good amount of stuff to cover yet.
  • vSphere Home Lab ReBuild part1 ESXi 5.1 Install

    1. 1. VMWARE VSPHERE5.1HOME LAB BUILD Part I – ESXi installation OUT
    2. 2. OVERVIEW Differences between ESXi 4.x and 5.x installs ESXi Installation Options Best Practices for ESXi 5.1 Installation My Lab Hardware The Install Next Steps In my blog post @ http://wp.me/p2ngZY-4k is the video of the install.
    3. 3. INSTALLATION DIFFERENCESW/5.XService Console is gone – instead we’ll be using vCLI and PowerCLIcommandsNo boot disk required – local or sharedNo graphical installerNew installs use GUID partition table which supports disks larger than 2TB
    4. 4. INSTALL OPTIONSESXi can be installed using several methods:1. Interactive – you sit at the server, boot the CD/DVD/USB/PXE installer,and press Enter a few times2. Scripted – can use PXE to kick off a scripted, unattended installation3. Auto Deploy – several options Stateless Provisioning – vCenter loads the ESXi image into host memory. Can use with host profiles but no ESXi state is stored on host disk. Stateful Provisioning – after initial provisioning by Auto Deploy, ESXi image and configuration is stored on host accessible disk. Subsequent boots load the local image and configuration. Stateless Caching – like Stateful except subsequent boots continue to use Auto Deploy except when Auto Deploy not available – then the host boots off local “cached” image and configuration.
    5. 5. BEST PRACTICES FOR ESXI5.1 INSTALLATIONThere is a “Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.1” that Irecommend reading. Pg. 17-37 are ESXi 5.1 specific. Also….ESXi installation doc - “vSphere Installation and Setup – vSphere 5.1”  “Recommendations for Enhanced ESXi Performance” pg. 31- 32Ensure hardware is supported with the VMware Compatibility GuideMinimum of 2GB RAM – the installer will not proceed if lessPlace the management network and vm network on different physical NICs  Even in a home lab if possible have at least 2 ports, preferably 4 (I’ll cover later)
    6. 6. MY LAB HARDWARE Switch 1 2Gb LAG Switch 2 My PC w/ Iomega HP MicroServer HP MicroServer Dedicated PC w/ iSCSI VMware AMD 2core/8GB AMD 2core/8GB VMware Workstation Workstation AMD 4core/8GB AMD 4core/8GB
    7. 7. INSTALL1. Boot physical server to CD and run install Autoconfiguration Mode2. Basic configuration to get “on net” Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) aka Direct Console ESXi Interface3. Install client from new host4. Mention next video – ESXi configuration

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