Virtualization Technology: Building a Virtualized Testbed on the Cheap - Part IV: ESXi Installation on a USB Flash Drive

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2009-03-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The recession is putting pressure on IT administrators to cut costs at the same time that demands from the business side continue to grow. Using mostly free software and a collection of out-of-date hardware lying around, eWEEK Labs built a flexible (albeit somewhat underpowered) virtual machine testbed. Below, we offer the steps we took to build an OpenFiler iSCSI NAS server and a VMware ESXi bare metal virtualization instance, plus the settings to get the two working together.
 
 
 

Building a Virtualized Testbed on the Cheap - Part IV: ESXi Installation on a USB Flash Drive

by Andrew Garcia
Building a Virtualized Testbed on the Cheap - Part IV: ESXi Installation on a USB Flash Drive
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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