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VMware ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers by Edward L. Haletky

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Chapter 3. Installation

Installing or upgrading ESX Server software can take about 20 minutes depending on the hardware involved. However, it takes a lot longer to plan the steps we need to take before we start installing. With proper planning, we can avoid the costly mistake of finding out much later we did not really want to boot from the SAN or that the file system size for root or VM images is too small and end up reinstalling and starting all over again. See the section “Example 2: Office in a Box,” in Chapter 1, “System Considerations,” for a case where starting over again was necessary. We also do not want to find out after the fact that the hardware we have on hand is not compatible with the software and is unsupported. In this chapter, ...

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