my vmware lab on a budget

It is hard to do labs when you are on a budget. Let me share with you guys my current set-up for my VMware lab as I study for my VCP-NV.

  • Dell Precision T3500 running Windows 7, 12G ram, 2T hard drive
  • 2 2950 Cisco switches
  • 4 Gb NIC cards
  • vmware workstation 10
  • vmware vshere client
  • vmware esxi 5.5
  • Dell Optiplex 755 running Free NAS (I have yet to set this up)
  • CBTNuggets VCP-DCV course by Keith Barker
  • online white paper resource from website.

I am basically doing a Type 2 install for my esxi, I have 2 esxi hosts having 4G of ram each. Each esxi host, has so far 3 VMs of Darn small linux. Today I just installed the NICs so I can start doing VLANs and maybe some Etherchannel. I am still far away from configuring the awesome stuff like vMotion, DRS, storage vMotion, DPM etc.

Will keep you guys posted with this new adventure….

3 thoughts on “my vmware lab on a budget

  1. Hi there,
    I am preparing for VCP-DCV and I am intending to build a lab as demonstrated by Keith barker in cbt nugget’s vcp-dcv series.
    I just wanted to know whether we require 4 physical NIC’s or one is enough? As far as I remember KB was using one physical adapter on his win-7 machine and then 4 NIC’s on each esxi host.
    I tried to do this but the esxi host detects only one vmnicm.So I am little confused as how KB was able to get 4 vmnics when he had only one physical adapter on his win-7 machine?
    Thank you.

  2. Hi SJM,

    Thank you for your comment.

    As far as I remember on Keith Barker’s videos, his server has 4 NICs dedicated for each ESXI host. Just make sure that the chip on the NIC is VMware certified, I learned the hardway building a white box server that you just can’t use just any NIC. You are safe to go for Intel NICs.

    I hope that helps.

    1. Thanks for the reply delanajero…
      I checked the compatibility of my NIC and it indeed is listed on Vmware’s NIC compatible guide.
      I assigned 4 NIC to each exsi host but either with DCUI or desktop client I can see only one NIC on each host. I am not sure why the other 3 vmnic’s do not show up.
      I have not found any solution for this with my search on internet. 😦

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