Just looking to install VMWare ESXi on a new server as our first step towards virtualisation and have a couple of questions.
Having registered and downloaded ESXi it would appear the installation CD is not in the format to install onto a server running Windows Server. In the past all the demos I've seen of virtualisation (even with VMWare) there has been a build of Windows Server running on the host, with VMWare ESX installed as an application on top and from that the VMs are created.
Is there an option to install it in this way for ESXi? Or is there a good reason for not doing it in this way?
My second question leads on from this.... If ESXi runs in its own kind of OS (?) how will this effect licencing for the VMs running on this server. We were looking to purchase Windows Server 2003 Enterprise to take advantage of the right to install 2003 on upto 4 VMs on the host machine, however if the server is not running Enterprise on the host would we still be licenced to run 2003 on the 4 VMs?
Also any recommendations on the partitioning of disks? We're looking to initially just run the VMs from the local disks in the server we've bought, although in the future we will be looking at a larger implementation along with a SAN. Would it be best to have a small partition for ESXi and individual partitions for the virtual disks for each server? Or would one large partition be the best way to go?
Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated!