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New to VMware - lots of questions

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January 28, 2011 3:23:03 PM

I don't see a lot of activity in here, so maybe this isn't the best place to ask.

I am totally new to VMware, but would like to learn more. I've read a lot, but need to try it. Trying it at work probably isn't an option. Don't have the hardware for it.

And that's my question: is it possible to install ESXi - that seems to be a free version - on a home PC? I tried to install Microsoft Hyper-V on 64-bit server at work and got a message saying the hardware did not support virtualization.

Has anyone done that; installed ESXi on a PC, just for testing and learning?

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February 4, 2011 1:10:36 AM

I have it installed on a PC, and we're using it for development work. The CPU has to support hardware virtualization, along with the motherboard. I was able to add drivers for the PATA port for my DVD, which I have never used, but I did have to buy an Ethernet card, since the onboard one would not function, even on a 100Mbit LAN. You can find details of what is supported on the VMware Compatibility Guide. If you want to attempt unsupported hardware, try the website www.vm-help.com. If you're just starting out and want to play around a little, VMware player is a worthwhile tool.
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