wtorek, 16 września 2008

vmware esx 3.5i at usb drive with sata support

Yes, it is unsupported, but who cares? As you can read even microsoft does not support windows at vmware :). The VMware ESX 3.5i is free for some time. It is VMware answer for Microsoft's Hyper-V - I think. Because the system compatybility is rather thin, and I would love to repleace my VMware Server machines with this top product! Because I have just two scsi disks, and a lot of others (sata for example) I would love to make use of it at this machine. What I need is: vmware esx 3.5i iso and a big (1GB is minimum!) pendrive. Let's rock!

mount the vmware iso

# mount -o loop /storage/VMware-VMvisor-InstallerCD-3.5.0_Update_2-110271.i386.iso /mnt/vmCD/

then copy a install.tgz file to some place and extract it:
# cp install.tgz /storage/
# tar xvzf install.tgz

then take a look at file usr/lib/vmware/installer/VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_2-110271.i386.dd.bz2 "unbzip" it!
# bunzip2 VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_2-110271.i386.dd.bz2

then you will have one file, which is a disk image (yes, it's bigger than 32MB thin install of esx, but it has much more drivers):

# ls -al VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_2-110271.i386.dd
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root root 786432000 sie 13 05:00 VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_2-110271.i386.dd

now we are going to write the image at the thumbdrive... it is at /dev/sda in my system
# dd if=VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_2-110271.i386.dd of=/dev/sda

after this, you have a bootable USB key (look if your bios support it!)! thanks to: vm-help for its tutorial

2 komentarze:

and-rad pisze...

Great tip...

How do you compare the performance:

VMWare Server vs. ESX 3.5i ???

From your experience ?

Marcin Rybak pisze...

performance is much beter, but it depends, bacause the obligatory vmfs used in esx 3.5i has some additional margin. It is realy important to plan - what you are going to do at this esx server