Well it’s been a long while since I used Vcenter, and now it’s gone all web based. Â Which is a damned shame IMHO.
But the plus is that ESX can now run nested!
The first stumbling block was installing vSphere. Â The 2008r2 server that I’ve been given access to is part of a domain, but I’ve only got local access to the server. Â The annoying part is trying to logon right after install. Â My Windows user ID doesn’t work, and logging in as ‘admin’ or ‘Administrator’ doesn’t work. Â Thankfully I found a hint, to install SQL Management Express to mine the VPX_ACCESS table (my SQL Express instance was \VIM_SQLEXP), and discover that the Administrator logon is
Now with that in place I can now logon to my vSphere.
The next fun is configuring the ESX VM.
By default it’ll try to DCHP itself. Â Which is great if you have DHCP, but in my small test area on the cloud I don’t have DHCP.
One huge pain I find is that you have to manage version 10 VM’s through the web UI, which let’s face it is dreadfully slow. Â Also it looks like you still need the ‘fat’ client to manage storage. Â Ugh.
I’ll probably update this more the further along I get.