Moving to ESXi Introduction and Best Practices

Lee Marzke 4AERO



What is ESXi ?

ESXi architecture

I. Why move to ESXi ?

New Patching model

Hypervisor Footprints

Vmware Blog - Hypervisor Sizes

Hypervisor Footprints (cont)

II. Other ESXi changes

ESXi variants

ESXi interface changes

ESX vs ESXi services








Examples of Agents



vCLI console




Hardware Monitoring via CIM


CIM Monitoring


CIM Monitoring



View ESXi Logs via web

Logs/Config viewer

DataStore viewer

Booting ESXi

ESX boot process

ESX boot


ESX boot process

ESX boot 2


ESX boot process

ESX boot 3


ESX / ESXi Upgrades Notes

Who is using ESXi

III. VMA Vsphere Management Assistant

Vmware Management Assistant - VMA

VMA Requirements


VMA Installation / Setup

VMA - Setting up viLogger

Other vCLI commands

vCLI v4

vCLI 4.1

Other vCLI commands

Scratch Config

vifpinit servername
vicfg-advcfg -g /ScratchConfig/CurrentScratchLocation
vicfg-advcfg -g /ScratchConfig.ConfiguredScratchLocation





V.  About 4AERO

VI.  Links

  1. VEEM free monitor:
  2. Nagios with CIM:
  3. UPS shutdown:
  4. ESXi chronicles:
  5. ESX/ESXi comparison:
  6. Resxtop:
  7. CLI community:
  8. Ghetto Scripts:
  9. Killing unresponsive VM ESXi 4.0
  10. Killing unresponsive VM ESXi 4.1 
  11. Using VMA as syslog server:
  12. ESXi rapid deployment system:
  13. 60MB size of ESXi 4
  14. USB flash drive from Workstation:
  15. Jumbo Frames:
  16. Running ESX  in Workstation:
  17. Finding thin provisioned disks with Powershell:
  18. VMware hypervisor footprints BLOG:
  19. ESXi installable and Vcenter Setup Guide:
  20. PXE booting ESXi 4.0:
  21. NetApp mbrscan/mbralign:
  22. NetApp using mbrscan/mbralign with ESXi:
  23. Data Alignment (VMdamentals):
  24. VMA 4.0 docuementation:
  25. Google Trends esx, esxi :
  26. VMware Hardware Compatibility List:
  27. The architecture of ESXi:
  28. Cloudburst Hacking tool allow guest breakout in Vmware Workstation:
  29. Enable CIM on ESXi:
  30. Add VIM and ESX to AD domain: