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A micro flash (HP v165w) drive for a HP ProLiant MicroServer N36L

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

For my “Skynet” project, I’ve been looking for a micro 4GB flash drive to hold the various operating systems I’ll be using, operating systems including VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and  FreeNAS, possibly also Solaris and Nexenta Community Edition. Previously I’ve used Talent flash drives, but these seem in short supply, and are usually metal, and I’ve recently read an interesting Product Advisory about the heat from metal flash drives, and also some metal flash drives have been shorting out inside HP ProLiant DL series servers, using embedded versions of VMware vSphere Hypervisor. So my requirements were to find a plastic cased, in-expensive 4GB flash drive. Enter the HP v165w 4GB Flash Drive, this version comes in many different sizes, and is very small.

HP v165w 4GB Flash Drive

HP v165w 4GB Flash Drive

HP v165w 4GB Flash Drive on Samsung NC10 Netbook keyboard

HP v165w 4GB Flash Drive on Samsung NC10 Netbook keyboard (yes my keyboard really needs a clean!)

A Micro Flash drive for a Microserver!

Also manufacturered by HP (okay, PNY), so HP on HP should work okay. I found the most cheapest place on the Net, was Play.com, but I’ve had to wait over a week for delivery,  delivery is free, but why they had to send them all in individual boxes, I’ll never know. So I’ve not been able to do anything with Skynet, for the last week, waiting for them to arrive.

Eight boxes of HP v165w 4GB flash drives from Play.com

Eight boxes of HP v165w 4GB flash drives from Play.com

Here is the micro flash drive installed in a HP ProLiant Microserver

The micro server, has a purpose built bootable USB socket on the motherboard, designed for booting embedded operating systems, so the four internal SATA disks can be used to store data, so I you can install the OS on a USB stick!

The HP v165w does not have any LED, or flashing light to indicate the device is in read or write mode, for my purpose ideal, but some folk, may like this feature to see what the flash drive is doing, but personally I think it’s too small for general usage, I’ve had to attach my existing flash drive to 2.5″ hard disk spindle to stop losing it in my pocket! I’m also using this device to replace my existing HP v100w flash drives, installed in my existing DL servers, because I keep catching them and snapping them off!

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VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1 U1 testing on VMware Player 3.1.4

Monday, June 6th, 2011

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) installed and operating in VMware Player 3.1.4

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1 U1 installed and operating in VMware Player 3.1.4

So here’s the proof, it’s not a requirement to use VMware Workstation 7.1.4, to install and run VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi). You can use the FREE VMware Player 3.1.4.

It’s also rather interesting is that ESX/ESXi is not a supported operating system, when you select the New Virtual Machine Wizard, there is no ESX Server 4.0 option to select, like with Workstaton 7.0.

But if you use the Easy Install option, it detects the ISO/CDROM as ESX Server 4.0 detected!

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: R2 testing in VMware Workstation 7.1.4

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Carrying on the nested hypervisor theme from the other day, when I tried VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), free download from VMware, on VMware Workstation 7.1.4, as it’s becoming common place for vendors to allow the use of Hypervisors for free, I downloaded the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: R2 hypervisor for free to also try in VMware Workstation 7.1.4.

Here are the results

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: R2 installs correctly, and looks like it’s going to function, but then Whoops, cannot power on any Virtual Machines!

Well these are the results I would expect from installing Hyper-V in a VMware Workstation 7.1.4 virtual machine, as often nested hypervisors do not function correctly. I just thought I would prove this.

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VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1 U1 testing on VMware Workstation 7.1.4

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

I’ve eventually got round to proving this combination does work, strangely, VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.0 works correctly on VMware Workstation 6.5.3, the installation of VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1 U1 installs on VMware Workstation 6.5.3 but it hangs at the Text Mode console screen and receives no keyboard input.

But VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1 U1 does install succsessfully on VMware Workstation 7.1.4, and if you select the Easy Installation Method, it detects the ESX Server 4.0 CDROM or ISO, and selects ESX Server 4.0 as the Virtual Machine type.

ESXi 4.1 Networking using 10 virtual network interfaces in VMware Workstation 7.1.4

ESXi 4.1 Networking using 10 virtual network interfaces in VMware Workstation 7.1.4

An example above of how a VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.1 U1 Server should be setup for networking with team network interfaces for Management Interface, VMkernel (NFS and iSCSI traffic), Virtual Machines Network, and Fault Logging Tolerence network (if required).

Ideal for Lab testing VMware ESX 4.1 U1 for VCP Learning, using VMware Workstation 7.1.4.

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