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DevOps Automation Cookbook by Michael Duffy

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Installing ESXi

Before we go any further, we need to install our virtualization software. In this case, we are going to use the latest version of VMware ESXi - at the time of writing, ESXi 6.0. Although VMware has commercial offerings, the bare metal hypervisor is both free to use and widely employed in private data centers.

Getting ready

First, you will need a place to install ESXi. This means that you are going to need some hardware that is capable of running it. ESXi supports a wide array of hardware, and most modern desktops will suffice. If you need a small workgroup server, you can find small servers such as the Dell PoweredgeT20 or the HP Micro G8 server that will suffice for small workloads of around five or six smallish VM's. Of course, ...

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