A few questions on where to begin with VMWare
I have been tasked with building a Host server this week. We have some upcoming projects where virtualizing will be used. The vendors that we will be using support VMware ESXi 4.1, and Vsphere. What we wanted to do this week is build a test box so we can familiarize ourselves with it and talk intelligently with our vendors about it. I come from IT but have spent the last 5 years in Process Control, so I am a little rusty. I am familiar with virtualization, but by no means am I ready to build a box tonight.
I have done some digging around, but I am a bit overwhelmed at all the software from VMware.
The best I understand, VMware ESXi is the hypervisor (CLI COS) is this the small footprint OS to initially build my Virtualized Servers?
Vsphere: Is this a client that I load on another machine to configure/supervise my virtual servers?
The test box we are going to use is an older Dell 2950. I believe it is a 32 bit machine. Can I load VMware ESXi 4.1 on it? This is the version that we need to use as per our vendors.
Basically, we would like to use the 2950 for a test Host, and load a couple of different OS's on it....Probably just some desktop OS's to start with. However, if it's best to just go ahead and load the server OS's for practice we could do that too.
Anyways, just looking for some direction and where to get started.
I would like to purchase a book to help me along the way.....Any suggestions? I was leaning toward the Dummies book, because it looks like it may be geared toward what we are doing.....