LinuxQuestions.org
Register a domain and help support LQ
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices



Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 08-27-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
vinaytp
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Bengaluru, India
Distribution: RHEL 5.4, 6.0, Ubuntu 10.04
Posts: 704

Rep: Reputation: 55
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 ?

Last edited by vinaytp; 08-27-2010 at 11:55 AM.
 
Old 08-27-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
redhawk1973
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Woodbridge VA
Distribution: Red Hat, Suse, AIX, Fedora, Cent OS, Ubuntu, Mint Linux
Posts: 58

Rep: Reputation: 18
It does not hurt to try
 
Old 08-27-2010, 03:20 PM   #3
suprstar
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2010
Location: Atlanta
Distribution: ubuntu, debian
Posts: 142
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 21
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 vmware.com'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.

http://www.vmware.com/resources/comp...ategory=server

Last edited by suprstar; 08-27-2010 at 03:22 PM. Reason: link got mangled..
 
Old 08-27-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
vinaytp
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Bengaluru, India
Distribution: RHEL 5.4, 6.0, Ubuntu 10.04
Posts: 704

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 55
Quote:
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.

@suprstar,

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

Thanks.
 
Old 08-27-2010, 05:22 PM   #5
cjcox
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 305

Rep: Reputation: 42
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.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bare metal restore for RHEL 5.1 thespaceman Red Hat 4 10-21-2011 02:42 PM
RAID card for vmware esxi, and some other esxi questions JustinHoMi Linux - Enterprise 1 06-04-2010 04:57 PM
bare metal backup for HP-UX 11i v3? h@foorsa.biz Other *NIX 1 04-16-2010 09:34 AM
PXE bare metal provisioning kd93088 Red Hat 1 08-07-2005 09:58 AM
Can I do a Bare Metal Restore? bob151 Linux - Software 1 04-14-2005 07:41 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:05 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration