[Chugalug] Little VM Server

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Fri Apr 12 13:21:18 UTC 2013


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On 4/12/2013 8:36 AM, JonathanCalloway wrote:
> All,
> 
> I'm toying with the idea of buying a heavy duty PC or server as
> cheaply as possible, and using a hypervisor to run about 2-3 VM's
> on it.  I've looked at ESXi, but can't really find a management
> tool that doesn't cost money.  Of course, KVM or any other *nix
> based solutions are viable here.  However, I want something that's
> easy to set up, and flexible, so I can constantly remove images and
> add new ones whenever I want to play with a new OS.

ESXi is meant to run headless on a server, you will not sit in front
of an ESXi console and interact with your guests.  (You can do a lot
of VM management from the ESX CLI, but accessing a Guest console isn't
one of them)  vi-client is Windows only but is a free download from
any installed ESXi host (technically it links directly to VMware's
servers, but accessing any ESXi host in a web browser will link you to
management utilities).

Regards,

dtb

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