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Old 08-27-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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VMware ESXi without bare metal

Dear All,

Can I install VMware ESXi on my Dell Inspiron laptop having core i3 processor which has got 4GB of RAM ?

I can allocate 100GB of hard disk space for that. This is just to practice and explore the features available.

Can I install Vmware ESXi iso on KVM hypervisor like installing guest OS ?

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Old 08-27-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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It does not hurt to try
Old 08-27-2010, 02:20 PM   #3
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ESX and ESXi have their own kernel, a linux variant. It does not run on top of another OS. If you can allocate a 100gb partition, and do a dual boot setup, you have a chance. Or the installation process might just blow your whole drive away, never tried that.. If you need vmware to run on top of another OS, just get regular 'VMWare Server', not the ESX or ESXi versions.

According to's compatability page, the only i-series intel processers than can run esx[i] are a subset of poweredge series servers. Although I've seen a lot of stuff on the internet about people installing it on desktops and whitebox servers, I beleive you have to be very specific with you choice of hardware.

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Old 08-27-2010, 02:25 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by redhawk1973 View Post
It does not hurt to try
Yeah, I tried through QEMU. It did not work, It started but It stuck when It displayed Loading vmware kernel

Initially I was bit reluctant to try, I thought as it may damage my hardware as it is normally installed on Blade servers.


Definitely I will try with dual partition and post the results.

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Just fyi... the bare metal hypervisor of ESX/ESXi is NOT a Linux variant. However, the freebie console VM that comes with ESX is a Red Hat derivative (so you might mistake ESX as being Linux based).

I really don't think you'll be able to make ESX/ESXi work on the laptop.


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