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Automatically prepare an ESXi ISO image for PXE booting

Use this shell script to extract and modify the contents of an ESXi ISO image for use with PXE boot installation.

What are you doing with nested virtualization?

Virtualizing vSphere enables many possibilites for learning and experimenting. What you *you* doing with nested virtualization?

VMware ESXi 5 Interactive PXE Installation Improvements

VMware ESXi 5 media can be used for interactive PXE installs without creating the image.tgz file that ESXi 4.1 required. A "prefix" directive for boot.cfg also makes it easier to organize various versions of the install media into subdirectories.

VMware vSphere can virtualize itself + 64-bit nested guests

VMware vSphere 5 makes it even easier to virtualize ESXi, and can now run nested 64-bit guests.

Understanding VMware vSphere, ESXi, and Release Cycles

Some newcomers to virtualization don't know that VMware vSphere is the combination of VMware ESXi and vCenter Server. By launching a complete virtualization infrastructure platform, VMware can offer more advanced capabilities than the staggered Hyper-V releases from Microsoft.

Start and Manage a VM Without Using vSphere Client

Use Tech Support Mode on VMware ESXi to find, start, and obtain guest OS IP address information from a virtual machine -- without using the vSphere Client on Windows.

Hypervisor Footprint Quiz

Humorous take on a reference to small footprint hypervisor advantages -- not from VMware.

Win $2500 with your 1337 VMware ESXi scripting skillz

Win up to $2500 in the VMware ESXi Scripting Contest!

VMware ESXi 4: SD Flash in BL460c G6

HP Blades incorporate an SD slot that can be used to easily deploy VMware ESXi from flash. Take a look.

Layers and Layers of FUD

Microsoft stretches the truth when claiming that VMware adds an additional layer to your architecture. The fact is, Hyper-V relies on its own instance of Windows and requires more instances for running apps.

The VMware ESXi 4 64MB Hypervisor Challenge

While completely unsupported, it is possible to build a small 64MB flash drive that will boot and run VMware ESXi 4.

If VMware ESXi 4 is so small, why is it so big?

Although VMware ESXi 4 requires a 1GB flash device to install, the core hypervisor functionality is fully contained in less than 60MB. Most of the remaining space is for a downloadable vSphere Client or simply unused.

A very flashy hypervisor: Hyper-V Server R2

If your server OEM supports it, you might be able to get the free Hyper-V Server R2 to boot from a flash drive someday. VMware ESXi supports this feature today.

Create ESXi 4 USB flash drives with Workstation

VMware ESXi runs great from a USB flash drive and it is easy to prepare a batch of drives for your servers without leaving the comfort of your desk -- by creating them with VMware Workstation.

New VMware ESXi Management Kit

VMware recently announced the new VMware ESXi Management Kit.  If you have up to three free ESXi servers deployed and would like to manage them with vCenter Server, this is a great opportunity.  Available until April 30 for $995. The kit includes: VMware vCenter Server Foundation vCenter Agents for 3 ESXi hosts (2 CPU sockets […]

Using SCVMM to attach ISO images to VMware ESX VMs

By design, System Center Virtual Machine Manager copies ISO CD/DVD images to managed hosts instead of sharing. For VMware ESX it uses SFTP. For ESXi, it fails.

Hyper-V Server Hyperbole

Initially, Hyper-V Server was sort of a mystery.  Some kind of “bare metal hypervisor” that “is not Windows” sounded peculiar.  Details were scarce.  Some thought it would be like ESXi, a small-footprint design that can be embedded in a server via flash memory.  As you know, it turned out to be nothing more than Windows […]

iSCSI configuration: VMware ESXi vs. Microsoft Hyper-V

Now that Microsoft has released the much-hyped Hyper-V Server, it’s a good time to take a look at the steps you would need to go through to configure iSCSI LUNs. As you can see in this video, it is incredibly complex.  ESXi, on the other hand, walks you through without a lot of fuss.  VMware […]

VMware ESXi and Hyper-V installation comparison

I took a look at the Hyper-V installation process to see how it compares with ESXi and decided to install it on Server Core, since that has been touted by Microsoft as the preferred and recommended way of deploying Hyper-V.  Well, after significant research and learning, I was able to distill the process down to […]

What is VMware ESXi?

Recently I was catching up with an old friend of mine who has worked in technology for many years and has used the free “hosted” virtualization products like VMware Server and Virtual PC.  He asked me about the new free ESXi and was wondering what the difference was and what OS it runs on.  I […]