Inexpensive virtualization with VMWare ESXi

This is my recipe for an inexpensive lab with VMWare ESXi:

Enbale SSH access: use this procedure http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_enable_SSH.php . Remember it’s not supported by VMWare, but who cares!

Install all your “base” VMs. Also known as templates

Clone VMs by copying vmdk files and using thin disk to preserve space; use this link http://www.virtually-challenged.com/?p=46

Extend your storage with openfiler. http://www.openfiler.com

VMWare ESX Timeline

08/03/2011: Updated with ESX/i 5.0 release dates!

VMWare ESX

General Availability Date

Version 5.0

08/??/2011

Version 4.1

07/12/2010

Version 4.0

05/21/2009

Version 3.5

12/10/2007

Version 3.0

06/15/2006

Version 2.5

11/19/2004

VMWare ESXi

Version 4.0

05/21/2009

Version 3.5

01/10/2008

For more info about Support Life Cycle Policy go to the source: http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos_vi.html (ESX 3.0)

http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/lifecycle/enterprise-infrastructure/eos.html (ESX 4.0)