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For my first How to Video for 2014 I will be starting off on a 3 part series of EXSI Server on VMware Player. For those who do not know what VMware’s EXSI Server is I will give a brief overview. EXSI Server is an Enterprise Type 1 hypervisor used for guest virtual machines that run directly on a host server’s hardware without requiring an additional underlying Operating System. What most people already know is that normally this is not inexpensive server software and for the whole enterprise setup with all the different add-ons like VCenter, Vsphere, and so forth. This is not something that a person who either wants to learn about EXSI Server or a Small Business cannot afford. Even trying it for 60 days is not usually enough time to decide how to deploy or even configure a Virtual Environment for your IT Infrastructure, let alone if you want just learn how to use to take a Certification Test for VMware.

What is nice about what I am showing you in this how to Video you can basically have your own little VMware Virtual Lab for free (This excludes the physical machine host of course) that will not cost a dime out of either your pocket or that of your Small to Medium Business IT Infrastructure. The pure bonus is that everything shown can be easily applied to a physical environment when you are ready to do so.

Below are some reference links that I mention in my Video…

VMware Website

www.vmware.com

VMware Hardware and Software Compatibility guide

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=software&testConfig=17

EXSI Server on VMware Player Part 2 – The Conversion

EXSI Server on VMware Player Part 3 – The Upgrade

Installing and the Basic Configuration of VMware Player

 

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John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft's Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.