Later this week I will be installing VMWare ESXi for the first time.
Compatibility list for VMWare ESXi versions:
PowerEdge 1950 = good to go with the latest ESXi versions!
Install ESXi to a USB thumbdrive (so you can free a valuable SATA/SAS port for VM usage)
“You can install ESXi 4.x to a USB or SD flash storage device directly attached to the server. This option is intended to allow you to gain experience with deploying a virtualized server without relying on traditional hard disks. However, VMware supports this option only under these conditions:” More info… (vmware.com)
ESXi default username for root
Default username is root and there is no default password set, i.e. it is blank.
DRAC 5 usage:
I am excited to use the remote access features (similar to IPMI) of the Dell:
The DRAC 5 default user name is root and the default password is calvin
[to be updated w/more info]