vmware esxi @home

I’ve been getting a bunch of emails about the progress I’ve been making on my VMWare ESXi server.  I figured it might merit a post.

So far, I got three VM’s each running CentOS 5.2.  One is a ZenOSS installation, one is a Trixbox installation, and one is a stock linux install that I plan to use for Web and PHP developing.

What’s interesting about the 3rd on, is that I cloned it from a snapshot of the first one.  But now I’m getting ahead of myself.

First off, in answer to most of the questions, I am experience NO problems with my Trixbox install.  Keep in mind, I am using RAID 0 with three 72GB SCSI drives in a Dell 1750.  These are NOT IDE drives.   I noticed no stuttering or voice quality issues.  Second, keep in mind this is for our home and not a busy office.

Interestingly enough, my biggest problem has been power outages.  The power goes off and the box goes down but comes back up.  I don’t know of a way to automatically power on the VM’s or start them from the command line.  If you know, let ME know please!

The second question I get is, how’s my power bill.  Actually, it seems fine.  My wife hasn’t said anything about it being high or abnormal so “mums the word.”

3 thoughts on “vmware esxi @home

  1. There are command line features for VMWare. On centos I use /usr/bin/vmware-cmd. You can use this to start or stop VMs. I used it as part of a backup script for VMServer 1.0.6.

  2. The auto start of VMs is done from the ESXi console. Click on the server itself, then the Configuration tab, then Startup/Shutdown.

  3. Alas, the CLI features for ESXi 4.0 are read-only. You can’t actually change the configs with it.

    You might have better luck using the “unsupported” console on tty1.

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