Section 1 – Plan, Install and Upgrade VMware ESX/ESXi
- Objective 1.1 — Install VMware ESX/ESXi on local storage
Your boss wants you to install vSphere 4 server on two HP C-class Blades. Each blade has two dual core CPU’s. How many vSphere processor licenses will be needed for this setup?
ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide, ESX 4.0, vCenter Server 4.0, page 108.
‘License keys have a certain amount of capacity. Capacity is based on the number of processors in the host or the number of instances of the software asset. Dual-core and quad-core processors, such as Intel processors that combine two or four independent CPUs on a single chip, count as one processor.’
Therefore since there will be 4 CPUs in total, 4 licenses are required.
By default ESX 4 Web Access is enabled;
B. vSphere 4 does not have Web Access
Vmware Knowledge Base KB 1011921 Cannot log in to an ESX 4 host with vSphere Web Access
Web Access to ESX 4 is disabled by default.
What is the recommended size for the /var/log partition?
Mastering VMware vSphere 4, page 25.
‘The /var/log partition is where the Service Console creates log files during the normal course of operation. This partition is created with the default size of 2000MB, or 2GB of space.
The Service Console must be installed on a VMFS partition?
vSphere Upgrade Guide, ESX 4.0, ESXi 4.0, vCenter Server 4.0, vSphere Client 4.0, page 69.
After the upgrade to ESX 4.0, the service console’s partitions are stored in a .vmdk fileAll .vmdk files, including the esxconsole.vmdk, are stored in VMFS volumes.
What is the minimum number of network adapters required for an ESX4 Host?
Getting Started with ESX, ESX 4.0, vCenter Server 4.0, page 6.
ESX Hardware Requirements — !!! Network Adapters !!!
What is the default size for the / (root) partition?
Mastering VMware vSphere 4, page 24.
Default VMware ESX Partition Scheme Mount Point Name Type Size / Ext3 5000MB (5GB)
The default swap partition size for ESX 4.0 is which of the following?
Mastering VMware vSphere 4 Page 25.
‘As a general rule, swap files are created with a size equal to at least two times the memory allocated to the operating system. The installation process allocates a default amount of 300MB of memory for the Service Console; therefore, the default swap partition size would be 600MB. ‘
vSphere 4 Client minimum requirements are;
A. 3GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 2GB HDD space
B. 500MHz CPU, 200MB RAM, 1GB HDD space
C. 266MHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 2GB HDD space
D. 266MHz CPU, 200MB RAM, 1GB HDD space
Minimum Requirements for the vSphere Client
* CPU – 1 CPU
* Processor – 266MHz or faster Intel or AMD processor (500MHz recommended).
* Memory – 200MB RAM
* Disk Storage – 1GB free disk space for a complete installation
What is the maximum supported limit of RAM that a vSphere Host can have, regardless of Licence editions?
Memory Maximums Size of RAM per host 1TB
What is the maximum amount of vNIC’s that a vSphere Guest can have?
Table 1. Virtual Machine Maximums Virtual NICs per virtual machine 10
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