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VMware Administration - Basics, install, configure & manage VMware ESXi 6.5 hosts

Updated: May 16

VMware ESXi (formerly ESX) is an enterprise-class, type-1 hypervisor developed by VMware for deploying and serving virtual computers. As a type-1 hypervisor, ESXi is not a software application that is installed on an operating system (OS); instead, it includes and integrates vital OS components, such as a kernel.


Watch the below video tutorial




I have covered the following things in one video !! have some patience and apologies for mistakes !!

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1. Introduction to Virtualization & What is VM !!

Its a collection of files, as below

When you create :

.VMX - Configuration information

.VMDK - Virtual Harddisk

.VMSD - Virtual Machine Snapshot descriptor


When you power-on:

.VMX - Configuration information.(read only)

.VMDK - Virtual Harddisk

.VMSD - Virtual Machine Snapshot descriptor

.NVRAM - RAM/Memory Configuration file

.VSWAP - Temporary RAM file like Page file in Windows

.LOG - Logs that changes when ever poweron the VM

.VMXlck - Maintains the integrity of VMX aux file & VMX file

.VMX~ - Track the changes happed after poweron ==========================================================================


2. How to install & Configure ESXI Host Installed and configured 192.168.40.41


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3. OVA & OVF

OVA is a single file contains Pre-configured VM exported into .OVA format for reuse

OVF is combination of multiple file, ontains Pre-configured VM exported into .OVF format for reuse ================================================================= ========


4. How to deploy VM's using the OVA template and configure | password: VMware1!

Deployed 3 ESXI Servers for Lab testing and configured

192.168.40.41 - Labexsi01.mavrick.com

192.168.40.42 - Labexsi02.mavrick.com

192.168.40.43 - Labexsi03.mavrick.com ==========================================================================


5. What is vCenter Server & Why we need vCenter

Additional Software from VMWare to manage VMware infrastructure via a single console called vCenter(web application) Along with additional features called - Vmware HA, DRS, FT, Update Manager, Distributed Networking & vSAN.

There are 2 Types of offerings in vCenter 1. vCenter standalone server (Windows OS) - till 6.5

2. vCenter Appaliance (Customized Linux along with vCenter) -mostly from 6.5 & 6.7 ==========================================================================


6. Install & configure windows 2016 server on ESXI host

Configuration as below

C:\ 40 GB RAM: 9GB CPU:4 NIC Cards:2

Name:vCenter01.MAVRICK.COM ==========================================================================

I will upload the next sessions soon !


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