ESXi Embedded vs. Installable

A free video tutorial from Larry Karnis (Teaching VMware vSphere, ESXi and vCenter for 18+ years)
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ESXi Embedded, Installable

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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There are two different ways that you can Renea Sexi from your PC server embedded and installed. Well, let's take a look at the difference. VMware uses the term embedded when you have FXI baked into flash memory on the motherboard of your PC server. Dell, for example, is a big fan of providing servers with IACI rate on the motherboard. The idea there is you can go into the machines bios and you can configure it so that the IACI host Boutte's IACI from flash memory right off the motherboard, right after the power on Self-test Completes. Now, as far as the isiXhosa configuration, that can reside either locally on the same flash storage media or it can be retrieved from the network for high end VMware installs VMware provides a service called Auto Deploy Order Deploy, allows your ESX host to boot from the network. So Autum Deploy not only provides the operating system from the network, but it provides the exact host configuration from the network using a service called Host Profiles. Now, most of us are going to be doing IACI a bill, and that's the actual focus of the remainder of this chapter, is to install IACI on the local storage volumes. Those storage volumes can be disks or they can be SSD. Now, regardless of whether they are spinning disks or SSD, you can organize them into rate arrays using a locally supported array controller. And VMware supports rate controllers from LSI Logic, ADAP Tech, HP Smart Array controller, Dell's Powerit rate controller and many others. Or you can just hang them off of SATA ports, in which case what you have is something called a just or a DJ board, which means just a bunch of disk. It means physical disks or SSD with no reed structures imposed on them. Now you can actually install a sky onto a USB thumb drive, a flash memory, thumb drive or an SD card, and you can boot from that. So the advantage of Flash Boutte's is that you don't have to buy a remote controller. You don't have to buy a local storage volume other than the flash memory card or SD card. You simply take a sexi using procedures VMware provides and copy it to a USB key and then configure the CI host to boot off the OS image on that Uzbeki and where I just said USB key, you could also do the same thing with an SD card. The neat thing about this is that flash memory is relatively easy to duplicate. You can duplicate it on any computer at very low cost so you can have some spare flash media devices around in case your flash memory device fails. And most modern PC servers have internal USB ports or SD card slots. So you can actually plug the flash memory device into an internal port. And the advantage of having it on an internal port is that. It's fully enclosed in the PC server. It can't be bumped, it can't be removed, so your server just continues to function.