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Hi. Been wanting to create a really cool whitebox so I have been scouring through the HCL to piece together something good. I have gotten pretty close to my solution thanks to the HCL's and all the forums.

Now I have come up with a couple questions about ESXi. :?
1. Is it best to have ESXi boot off a usb stick instead of a HDD? That way my raid can be dedicated to a data store and I don't have to waste a drive for the OS.
2. Do I need to get vSphere if I'm only using one ESXi box? I only need one server to accomplish my goals so can I get away with not using vSphere? How would I create VM's without it?


Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:28 am
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1) You can do either. ESXi will require about 5 GB for a HD install and the I/O requirements are very low once ESXi has booted up. Seperating ESXi to USB does have advantages. If anything goes wrong you can just swap the USB flash device and then register the VMs that were on the datastore.

2) vSphere is just the product name for ESXi once you start to pay for the license. In your case you'll still need to license ESXi (with the free Hypervisor edition) and you'll use the vSphere client to manage it. Nothing else is needed.

Dave Mishchenko
VMware vExpert 2009-2013
Now available - VMware ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security
Also available - vSphere Quick Start Guide

Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:04 am

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Wow… thanks for the quick reply!

Ok, so if I'm using the HyperVisor (free edition), can I create vSwitches and all that?

What I'd like to accomplish is to have a machine with 2 nic ports
- eth0 will be a direct connect from the internet (cable modem)
- eth1 will be a filtered connect out to the rest of my physical network.

I want to have a VM that will pick up eth0, filter (DansGuardian, tinyproxy), then have VM's attach to the filtered network and also provide the filtered network to my physical network through eth1.

Without going into too much detail, is this possible?

Thanks again!!

Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:13 pm

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Yes you can :D

Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:22 pm
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