ESXi Embedded vs. Installable

Larry Karnis
A free video tutorial from Larry Karnis
VMware vSphere Consultant/Mentor, VCP vSphere 2, 3, 4 and 5
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Lecture description

JBOD – Just a Bunch of Disk. Physical disks in a non-RAID configuration.
ESXi comes in two forms – Embedded and Installable. Embedded is baked into firmware on the motherboard of select PC servers. This lets you boot your server without any local storage.
ESXi Installable is a version of ESXi that can be installed onto local storage, USB memory keys or SAN storage. It is installed from CD media that you can download from
ESXi does away with the Service Console found in ESX 4.1 and older. This provides a smaller, leaner hypervisor than full ESX. It is also more secure because there is less software (to exploit) and fewer services running on ESXi than there is on ESX.

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VMware vSphere 6.0 Part 1 - Virtualization, ESXi and VMs

Learn VMware's ESXi 6 Hyperisor, Virtual Networking, NFS Shares and Virtual Machines. Learn how with Video Demos.

08:51:42 of on-demand video • Updated May 2017

  • Install and configure VMware's ESXi hypervisor according to best practices
  • Understand and configure virtual and physical networking
  • Connect ESXi to NFS shares
  • Create, edit, power on and run Virtual Machines
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