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Running ESX 3.5 and 3i Under VMWare Workstation 6.5 Beta Build 91182

 

Following on from my earlier post I upgraded my installation to the new build of 6.5. it un-installed the old build and re-installed the latest without a problem, took about 30mins and required a reboot of the host OS.

All my previously suspended XP/2003 VM’s resumed ok without a restart but needed an upgrade to the VMTools which did require a restart of the guest OS – all completed with no problems.

Now, onto installing ESX….

I used the settings from Eric’s post here to edit my .vmx file

ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”

monitor.virtual_exec = “hardware”
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = “true”

Note – you need to select an x64 Linux version from the VM type drop down, if you have to go back and change it via the GUI after you’ve edited the .vmx file it overwrites the Ethernet card “e1000” setting to “vlance” so you need to edit again otherwise the ESX installer won’t find a compatible NIC and won’t install.

it was initially very slow to boot; 5mins on my dual core laptop with only one error – which was expected..

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To improve the performance I changed my installation to run the non-debug version of the Workstation binaries (rename the vmware-vmx.exe to vmware-vmx-debug.exe)

note: this isn’t recommended unless you know what you are doing, VMWare will rely on the output from the debug version of the code if you need to report any issues)

It also seems to work for the installable version of ESX 3i… (although I’ve not quite figured out the point of that version yet :)).

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Install prompt

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it did fail with an error the 1st time round..

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this was because I had specified an IDE disk as per the ESX instructions, I changed it to a SCSI one and it worked ok.

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Finished..

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The ESX 3i install has a footprint of about 200Mb on disk, and ESX 3.5 uses 1.5Gb.

I’m going to keep the 3.5 install on my laptop and will try to use linked clones to maintain a couple of different versions/configs to save disk space.. I’m sure I could knock up a quick script to change the hostname/IP of each clone – if I do I’ll post it here.

Why would you want to do this? well because you can, of course 🙂 and its handy for testing patch updates and scripts for ESX management etc.

I will  also try to get a ESX DRS cluster running under workstation with a couple of ESX hosts and shared storage over iSCSI using something like OpenFiler as shown here. won’t exactly be production performance, but useful for testing and demo’ing.

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28 responses to “Running ESX 3.5 and 3i Under VMWare Workstation 6.5 Beta Build 91182

  1. Kirk Mears May 27, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the info & screencaps~

  2. uddhav June 12, 2008 at 11:43 am

    can you explain how do you do this

    To improve the performance I changed my installation to run the non-debug version of the Workstation binaries (rename the vmware-vmx.exe to vmware-vmx-debug.exe)

    what do I need to do here to remove that debug things and run fast ?

    Also I tried 91182, it is very very slow

  3. Prasad June 12, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, has any one tried to install ESX 3.5 on a VM in ESX instead of Workstation?

  4. vinf June 12, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    😉
    https://vinf.net/2008/06/12/can-you-run-esx-as-a-vm-under-esx/

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  6. vinf June 12, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    uddhav –

    vmware.exe is a stub loader, it then calls

    vmware-vmx.exe
    or vmware-vmx-debug.exe

    if you are running a beta build (like 6.5) when you run vmware.exe it will run vmware-vmx-debug.exe.

    so, rename vmware-vmx-debug.exe to be vmware-vmx.exe and it should work.

    That said, I know techhead (http://www.techhead.co.uk/)was having a similar problem today with the ESX under VM Workstation 6.5 image it not performing very well, even after forcing vmware to run non-debug, still not got to the bottom of that one, we even copied my image to his laptop – so maybe thats a hardware/performance problem?

    worth noting that vmware do leave the debug settings on beta builds for a good reason, so they can gather information on problems… just bear that in mind, they put things out to beta for a good reason 😉

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  8. bk July 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I’m having difficulty getting a vm to run under esx under workstation – is this possible?

  9. man33taro August 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Did you build VMotion env?
    VMotion time out in my env.

  10. vinf August 11, 2008 at 8:15 am

    I’ve not tried this, would think it /could/ work but would be v.slow, which might explain the timeout you experience – I’ve only used this VM under a VM approach for testing scripted installs, testing things etc.

    It’s cheap enough to build a physical lab using ESX which is usable for running VMs – https://vinf.net/2008/01/14/vmware-esx-v35-on-cheap-pc-hardware/

  11. paullush August 29, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Any idea if you can run ESXi under rc2 of Server2?

  12. afshin September 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

    there is a video tutorial about esx server on workstation beta at persiadeveloper dot net

  13. afshin September 10, 2008 at 10:33 am

    (http://www.persiadeveloper.net/index.php/component/content/article/40-vmware/70-esx35-on-workstation-65-beta.html?directory=1)

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  15. a December 16, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Useful guide
    http://www.vmadmin.co.uk/index.php/resources/35-esxserver/88-esxinworkstation

  16. jeg December 22, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    it`s normal about 1 hour to initial up this server??
    i use core 2 duo 1.66gh and assign 2 gb memory to that virtual server.

    • vinf January 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

      On a similar spec mine too about 30mins to boot IIRC

  17. vmadmin December 29, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    http://www.vmadmin.co.uk/index.php/resources/35-esxserver/88-esxinworkstation

  18. Cris January 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    You said “I will also try to get a ESX DRS cluster running under workstation with a couple of ESX hosts and shared storage over iSCSI using something like OpenFiler as shown here. won’t exactly be production performance, but useful for testing and demo’ing.”. Did you already try it?
    I’m trying to do this. But I’m having many performance problems…

    • vinf January 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm

      Didn’t get that far with it – from my initial attempts the lack of performance I was getting from running it on my laptop was making it look impractical – I’ve been relying on ESX/OpenFiler running on cheap ESX PC’s like the HP D530 for my demo/lab setups.

  19. corey January 22, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I tried the 3i install on a 32 bit laptop (dell lattitude DL820)running workstation 6.5. it gets to the install page (half orangish yellow, half black in the above picture) but it doesnt finish installing. it runs for hours. is it because its a 32 bit Host running workstation 6.5? I guess it should work but cant figure it out. have you seen this

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  23. bongface July 24, 2009 at 10:19 am

    This video proved useful;

    http://www.jhangra.com/blog/2009/07/how-to-install-esxvsphere-4-0-in-vmware-workstation-6-5-2/

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