Archive for VCP5 Virtual Lab Setup Guide

Creating Virtual Lab Environment – Part 7

Step 15 – Verifying all components

  1. Install vSphere Client in vCenter VM
  2. Open vSphere Client and make sure that you can login to vCenter Server.
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Creating Virtual Lab Environment – Part 6

Step 14 – Installing vCenter Server

  1. Attach vCenter Installation ISO to vCenter VM.
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  2. Start vCenter Server Installation
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Creating Virtual Lab Environment – Part 5

Step 13 –Configuring ESXi Server Network Settings

  1. Log in to ESXi Server DCUI by pressing F2.
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  2. Select “Configure Management Network” Option
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Creating Virtual Lab Environment – Part 4

Step 8 – Creating Openfiler VM

  1. Create a new VM for Openfiler. VMware Workstation does not automatically detect OS for Openfiler. Select Other Linux 2.6 kernel as I have x32 version of Openfiler. Select appropriate version according ISO image you have.
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Creating Virtual Lab Environment – Part 3

Step 4 – Preparing DC

  1. Create a new Virtual Machine, Select Windows 2003 Server x32 ISO. You will be asked for Key and Administrator Name, then enter thenaccordingly.
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  2. Name Virtual Machine such as DC. Then Next.
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Creating Virtual Lab Environment – Part 2

Step 2 – Creating ESXi Server VMs.

  1. You will need minimum of two ESXi Servers. ESXi Server which runs in VM is called “Nested ESXi”.
  2. Create a New Virtual Machine with Custom Mode.
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Creating Virtual Lab Environment – Part 1

I have been asked by my students how to setup the Lab Environment within VMware Workstation so many times. Although I have tried to explain as much as I can, I think it will be easier to understand if there is an instruction for how to setup. So finally I decided to write this instruction about it.

Tools you need

  1. Laptop/Desktop with minimum of 8GB RAM (10GB or more is preferable)
  2. VMware Workstation 9 ( Can be done with other editions but the instruction is based on 9)
  3. Windows 2003 x64 ISO
  4. Windows 2003 x32 ISO
  5. vCenter Server 5 Windows Edition ISO
  6. ESXi 5 ISO
  7. Openfiler ISO

My Environment

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Network Diagram

VMware Lab

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