i bought a new SERVER!! (VMware ESXi Setup and Install)

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I bought a new (old) server to add to my lab!! Buying an old Dell PowerEdge Server or an HP Proliant is the best thing you can do to beef up your lab and start learning. In this video, I walk you through how I set it up with VMware ESXi 6.7 (Vsphere) as the hypervisor.

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0:00 ⏩ Intro
2:13 ⏩ What You’ll Need
3:53 ⏩ Installing VMware
8:10 ⏩ Raid Configuration
9:40 ⏩ Launching ESXi 6.7 (Vsphere)
11:33 ⏩ Setting Static IP
13:44 ⏩ Setting up VMware
15:51 ⏩ Booting up VMware

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      Dennis Pillow
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I have always wantede to move to VMware from Windows. Thanks for all your effort.

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      Tomasz Miłoś
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Ok I know That video is old (2021) but I Trayed istall ESXI 7.0 on my old Lenovo x220 and that run ok iven today 🙂

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      RainMan52
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Disclaimer… It's loud as Duck!

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      David Mosedale
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      is there a fast way to find out where a website is physically installed.

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      Alain Casault
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Great tip regarding ESXI 7 and old hardware. I won't waste my time. BTW, I picked up a Dell Poweredge T320 (96GB RAM) and swaped the fan for a Noctua. Sooooo silent now. Not that it was terribly noisy before, but still. 😀

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      LVLouisCyphre
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I so hate Dell. I gave away my Dell 7202 before the warranty was up to a friend. I will never own another Dell; new or used. I have two Dell towers here that are going to be sent off to recycling. They've got more BBB complaints. There support is as bad as the US government. I have a Lenovo Thinkserver RD230 arriving tomorrow in very to excellent shape off of eBay. I already have the pair of X5675 CPUs, 64 GB RAM and four 2 TB drives here waiting for their new home. I'm going to run RAID-Z2 under FreeBSD 12.3 on mine.

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      Joel Crocker
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I have a 720 for over a3 years its crashing, it is 9 years old, I paid 250 after shping I am replaciing it in a few months

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      Tim Rubio
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Is it possible to create a VM server and use it as a domain controller that is in a data center, for a client that is miles away? if yes how do you bridge that connection between them and the server?

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      Cra4x Michaels
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Massive SQL injections and dumping…. On your own network of course! 😉

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      John Florence
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Can you run Cisco ISE on it ? it would be good if you bring some NAC

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      Reckoning91101
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I have an R710 that I used in my old office. I haven't touched it in 6 years, but it's a beast ( dual 3.8 GHZ Zeons, 48 gigs of Ram, 12 gigabit nics, etc. I've been exploring what to do with it in my spare time ( I just retired) and I couldn't decide whether to go with Widows server or VMWare. Loved this video; so VMWare it is! Any suggestions or ideas as to what projects I should undertake would be welcome. For now I have to acquire some larger SAS drives since it has five 146 gig drives right now. Great video. Inspiring!

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      AB
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Thanks a lot for everything. all the videos are helpful.

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      Aaron Zawislak
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Ayo this is super cool, stumbled across your channel and now I'm running this off my PC cant wait to dick around with it haha

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      Miguel McNamara
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Apparently, if you upgrade the cpu to the latest supported by the R710, you will be able to support the latest VMware 7

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      Jordan
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      VMware's arbitrary restrictions is precisely why I use Proxmox. Even in an enterprise environment.

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      David Johnston
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      The HP DL380 G9 will run ESXi 7, and has good IPMI built-in without any license. The ones with 24x 2.5" bays 2xCPU and a chunk of RAM can be had for relatively affordable prices. (Admittedly more than the R710 though)

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      Carlos Lopez
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Hey Chuck thanks for all your videos. I am building a server 3 SSD SATA Drives, 2 16 TB HDD do you recommend RAID 5 for both? I’m planning to create a datastore with both virtual drives, SSD & HDD in VMware is that a good idea?

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      Dwayne Justice
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Just bought my first server (PowerEdge R710). Thanks for the advice! I got it mainly so I could run and learn on about 10 different OSs (not all running at the same time, obviously). If I also wanted to have some central storage for the whole family, would I need a different server for that since I will be running vMWare Sphere? Could I also be running NAS at the same time on the same server? Thanks for any advice anyone might have on this.

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      CyberSec
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      MBR is good for low storage disks, and GPT is best for modern storage disks, with UEFI boot option.

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      Modo
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Chuck, look into doing a video on Scale Computing and their node cluster servers.

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      AceBoy2099
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Which program is more user intuitive? Proxmox or ESXi? Thinking of messing with it and virtualizing my unraid and such. Also thinking of virtualizing pfsense to play around and try to learn it.

      Second question, how would I put a vm on one of these servers and access it from a bare system without anything installed on it or is that not feasable?

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      Insane
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Ventoy for boot sticks!!!

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      Leonid Sirov
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      why not proxmox, Chuck?

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      DARK-SKY
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      4:51 you got a wii, lol. You have priiloader zip in you downloads.

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      THEsurgical
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      We literally run the same setup at my job.

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      Aditya Sharma
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Because why not!!!!

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      NoWork NoFood
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      got it working on an old HP Z420, new lab station.

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      WizardNumberNext
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      You can get vmware esxi from dell too

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      Alex
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Awe man! This video brings back some old memories from 2009. Seems like the setup has not changed one bit. We migrated from Oracle Virtual Iron to VMware 5.0 on two Dell R910's combo'ed with a 24TB Compellent SAN with some brocade 6gb fiber channel cards. We were able to toss out about 25 IBM 365 servers and an IBM 5TB ESS Shark. Tons of $$$ saved.

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      bishop2121212121
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Hi, I didn’t notice a link to the NIC, you mention in your video.

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      Richard Peck
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      You can also download an ESXi install that Dell create for their servers. What I was hoping to learn was how to configure the raid from within ESXi without rebooting the host 🙂

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      Chüd
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Still wish yt had a 3x payback speed…

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      Southdown Garage
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I tried this on a precision T7600 and it would not boot from the USB, like at at…it's like, what's that? Not CD ROM! NO BAD. Still working on it.

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      Cody Bloom
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Excellent video Chuck. Much appreciated. I actually just scooped one of these R710's off of eBay and I'm anxiously awaiting it's arrival. Keep up the good work sir. As a bonus, Frech press arrives today as well 😀

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      Frank Lanksworth
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Why would you spend the money on an old server when you can use AWS virual servers & only pay for what you need?

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      Tony Hinojosa
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I have a dell r815 that I completely gutted manufacture date 062510. Is it worth keeping and getting in working condition?
      or Sell it or throw away?

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      Henry Carstensen
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I can recomment Ventoy instead of Rufus, you can put all of your .iso files on there and while booting you can choose what iso you want.

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      Henry Carstensen
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Postal Code: 75032, just wanted to say that we can see it.

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      William Day
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      got mine for free with all 6 sas drives :>

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      Pythonpro freak
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Great video as always Chuck. Great work and tutorial!

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      Xu Han
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      it's much easier to install with iDRAC.

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      HowTheHeck Tech
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Dang! was hoping to try this but my old server is to old and not supported.

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      Artur de Souza Aragão
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Could you please help me find a way to install ESXi 7.0 with a cheap nic? If you can point me to models with one or two doors I would appreciate it. Must be native driver

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      Wenqian Wang
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      To install VMware 7.0, just hold down shift+o during installation startup and enter in “allowLegacyCPU=true” and press enter

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      E S
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      “A shoe that makes you sexy on the data center” that is a good promo 😂😂👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

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      Ben Munday
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      it is dumb you want proxmox

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      William Guilherme
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      I kind thought on buying the same server when redesigning my home lab but I was afraid of being too noise in my lab. So, I decided to go with an Intel NUC 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10710U. But I’m still considering the Dell. How noise are these things?

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      Ryan
      May 13, 2022 02:17 am Reply

      Wow I was running centos as a VM host on an old PC to run run several game servers on vms. Didn't know there was a whole os made specifically for hosting vms. I'll be using this now thanks.

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