Chapter 4. VMware ESXi

VMware is the steamroller in the virtualization space, and ESX and ESXi are its flagship products, which are designed to manage huge virtual infrastructures. ESXi, the focus of this chapter, is an enterprise-level hypervisor product that VMware released as free to demonstrate the value of it products and how much real money can be saved by using them.

ESXi is a free product but is very different in scope and structure from VMware Server, which was covered in Chapter 3, “VMware Server.” ESXi, as mentioned previously, is a hypervisor. It requires its very own dedicated server system capable of supporting virtual guest machines. Currently, its hardware compatibility list is somewhat limited so you’ll have to install ...

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