VMWare ESXi Hypervisor Installation on CentOS 64

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Currently have a virtual installation of SME 7.3 on Centos64/Vmware server for the last year Interested in hearing about the free virtual platform, the ESXi hypervisor What is the difference from the Vmware server that I am running ? Is it true that the ESXi hypervisor will be able to run direct on the hardware without the underlaying Centos64 host system that I use now? Any experiences would be helpful Thanks

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ESX3i will run on a USB Flashdrive or can be installed to a Hard Drive. The difference between it and the ESX you currently run is that is has a very small footprint and does not have the Service Console built into it. This means that the code it does run will allow you to virtualize, but all of the extra vmware features like VMotion will be run from the Virtual Center Management Server. There are also quite a few difference in it will not run many of the 3rd party plug ins as the ESX3i code is a small locked down code. The reality of what you get is a lot less processing from the ESX Kernel on CPU0.

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