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New to VMware - lots of questions

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Last response: in Business Computing
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 If you're just starting out and want to play around a little, VMware player is a worthwhile tool.