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    WMware ESXi Post Install Setup

    Hello,

    I am new to VMware and have recently setup a new server with VMware ESXi 5.1 (free). I have installed the VMware and configured the networking via the console and I am able to login to the host via the vsphere client. My question really is, before I start creating VM's, what are the post installation steps that people configure in the client? So far I have installed the licence key and configured the time. Most of the guides I have found don't seem to indicate there is much more to do and to start creating VM's, but I just wanted to get some feedback from others before I proceed

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    First, upgrade it to 5.5 (free as well)! 5.1 doesn't officially support 2012 R2 (I had a VM crash on 5.1 that's stable now on 5.5) and has restrictions on RAM.

    Give it a static IP to help management. Enable SSH as it can be handy sometimes. Then, just go for it - it's a great piece of software.

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    Yep, as above. I installed my first ESXi host a while back and once you are licensed you are good to go. I will say though, it's a good idea to poke around the software and see what is where first. It will save time when you come to create VM's.

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    If you upgrade to 5.5, just be aware of the following 'issue' with the free hypervisor client: http://www.ivobeerens.nl/2013/10/01/...ware-esxi-5-5/
    Last edited by computer_expert; 5th June 2014 at 08:06 PM.

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    Ah yes, this. Just be sure to use 8 whenever you create / convert a VM.

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    Yes use version 8, Also don't use the e1000 network card with server 2012 VM's, i jave a feeling there is an issue with this.

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    And beware, if you use VEEAM for backups, there is a problem with 5.5 Update 1 and NFS (which affects restores).

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    Hey guys,

    Thanks for your replies and for your advise. Much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tall_Paul View Post
    And beware, if you use VEEAM for backups, there is a problem with 5.5 Update 1 and NFS (which affects restores).
    I don't believe the OP uses Veeam B&R for backups, since it does not support free ESXi. However, as a side note regarding the mentioned issue affecting NFS storages, it was addressed by VMware in the KB2077360 patch.



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