Running VMware ESX 3.5 and ESXi in Workstation on your desktop PC

Petri IT Knowledgebase has a interesting post on Running VMware ESX 3.5 and ESXi in Workstation on your desktop PC


In the following new video, I demonstrate, step by step, how you can run VMware ESX Server 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 inside VMware Workstation 6.5. This is also shown in my Train Signal VMware ESX Server video training course.

While you wouldn’t run ESX in Workstation for a production server, running ESX in Workstation is an excellent way to test and demonstrate ESX Server (and the entire VMware Virtual Infrastructure suite) on a single PC. Think about it – what if you had a single PC with 2 ESX Servers, an iSCSI virtual SAN, and a Windows Server running Virtual Center. With that, you would have “VMware Infrastructure in a box” and be able to run powerful features like VMotion, SVMotion, VMHA, and Update Manager, all on a single PC.

I am running a HP DC7800P workstation, with ESXi via a USB stick, ( for testing ) and I this is a different take, and takes testing to a new level.

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