Home Lab – Install of ESX 3.5 and 4.0 on Workstation 7

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Tonight I got the pleasure to work on my home lab a bit..

Here is what I am currently running..

Antec Sonata Gen 1 Case
Antec 650 Earth Watts Power Supply
Gigabyte EP43-UD3L MB
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9400 2.66Ghz/1333FSB/6MB Cache
Cooler Master TX3
8GB of Patriot DIMM 2GB PC2-5300U CL4-4-4-12 (DDR2-667) (PEP22G5300LL)
500GB/300GB/160GB SATA 3.0 HD’s
Windows 7 – 64 Bit
VMWare Workstation 7

Installation of ESX 4.0 was easy… just follow the steps to create a new VM and choose ESX 4.0

Installation of ESX 3.5 was a bit tricky at first… I did the usually google for answers but everything was on Workstation 6.5 and how to modify the vmx config file…

I ended up doing the following and it seams to be working well..

Create a custom VM
Choose “I will install the OS Later”
Select “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 64-bit”
Defaults on the rest
When it completed set it to boot to your ESX3.5 Media, so that you can install the OS
Complete the OS install and your done..
Much easier then WS 6.5

Mine ran with out issue and it really moves..
In fact I installed it with my ESX 4.0 VM running in the background..

So far workstation 7 is seems to be a big improvement and it’s quite speedy for me..

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