Deploying FreeNAS as iSCSI SAN for VMware vSphere

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Shared storage among vSphere/ESXi hosts is required for many features in VMware’s vSphere. Traditional solutions for shared storage include VMware vSAN, VMware VSA and commercial SAN. VMware vSAN, VMware’s latest offering (currently in beta), requires at least 3 hosts with a SSD/HDD pair dedicated to vSAN. Built into vSphere Kernel, vSAN beta requires at least vSphere 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5 and is targeted toward enterprise level customers looking for an alternative to traditional commercial SAN systems. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) is targeted towards small to medium businesses and is deployed on either two or three vSphere hosts. Each host in the … Read More

Installing ESXi with BCM57781 Driver Fix

VMWare’s ESXi is a freely available type 1 (bare metal) hypervisor, here we will step through installing ESXi version 5.1. Before Installing The target machine needs a x86 64-bit CPU with at least two cores and a large amount of RAM. VMWare requires 2GB and suggests at least 8GB to take advantage of all features of ESXi, but most applications of virtual machine hosts will need much more than this. Our target machine has 32GB RAM. If your target machine supports booting from USB, then load the ISO onto a thumb drive at least 1GB in size and install at … Read More