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  • Setting up my own lab

    Hi all,

    I have just sourced a Fujitsu server to use for my ESXi studies

    I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 64bit on it and have installed VMware Workstation inside this.

    I have also found a iSCSI Virtual Appliance which I should be able to use for the shared storage but I'm not sure on the next bit.

    I plan to use this server so I can practice vMotion, I know that you can't vMotion two ESXi servers on the same host but would this work within the VMware workstation setup?

    Or would I need to have it setup like this...

    PHYSICAL SERVER >> UBUNTU >> VM WORKSTATION >> ISCSI TARGET
    PHYSICAL SERVER >> UBUNTU >> VM WORKSTATION >> O/S >> VM WORKSTATION >>ESXI HOST
    PHYSICAL SERVER >> UBUNTU >> VM WORKSTATION >> O/S >> VM WORKSTATION >>ESXI HOST

    Many thanks! I have a feeling I'm making things a lot more complicated than they need to be

  • #2
    Re: Setting up my own lab

    You could have:

    Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - iSCSI Target
    Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - ESXi01 host
    Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - ESXi02 host
    Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - vCenter Server

    There are numerous articles that show how to run ESXI as a VM within VM workstation. You will need vCenter and a licenses version of ESX although the 60day eval should be fine.

    Michael
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    • #3
      Re: Setting up my own lab

      Originally posted by m80arm View Post
      You could have:

      Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - iSCSI Target
      Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - ESXi01 host
      Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - ESXi02 host
      Physical server - Ubuntu - VM Workstation - vCenter Server

      There are numerous articles that show how to run ESXI as a VM within VM workstation. You will need vCenter and a licenses version of ESX although the 60day eval should be fine.

      Michael
      Thanks Michael, would it still vMotion this way though? The ESXI installations would be sat on the same host (Workstation)...

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      • #4
        Re: Setting up my own lab

        The ESXi installations would be on two separate VMs, therefore separate hosts as far as they would be concerned.
        Gareth Howells

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        • #5
          Re: Setting up my own lab

          Yes - Gareth is correct.

          The ESXI servers will be seperate installations. As long as you have vMotion configured and networking set up correctly then this will work. If can be quite confusing when setting up networking with two ESXi VM's connecting to another ESXi physical server but it's all part of the learning process. You will however have issues if you try using fault tolerance. You will also need a vCenter server for vMotion as well.

          Good luck.
          Michael Armstrong
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