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VMware vSphere Lab: Virtual Edition - Part 2

This is the second post in a series outlining how to set up your own little virtualized Virtual vSphere Lab, if you missed the first one be sure to check it out!

The first step in setting up the The Virtual vSphere Lab, is making sure you have everything you need. To get everything up and running, you’ll need the following:

  1. VMware Workstation 7.x downloaded and installed. A 30 day trial version download is available at (registration required)

  2. Installation files for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) You can download it directly from (registration required) Download the ESXi 4.1 Installable (CD ISO) (current version as of writing) and store it locally.

  3. VMware vCenter Server 4.1 and modules Download from (registration required)

  4. Windows Server 2008 R2 installable media. You can download a evaluation 180 day version from Be sure to download the 64-bit compilation edition ISO file and store it locally.

  5. Shared storage solution There are a number of options available to you, but the most common ones are probably Openfiler free and offers both iSCSI and NFS connectivity FreeNAS free and offers both iSCSI and NFS connectivity StorMagic SvSAN offers up to 2 TB of iSCSI storage in the free version, and plugs directly into vCenter. Lefthand VSA the HP StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance comes as a 60 day free trial offers both iSCSi and NFS. Celerra UBER v3.2 comes as either a VMware Workstation or vSphere version, preconfigured as a virtual machine.

This virtualized version of the EMC Celerra, built by Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) is my choice for this series of posts. Mostly because I’ve played with most of the other options before, but also because the newest EMC Celerra offerings looks really interesting and I want to become acquainted with the management of it.

So, get your downloads on and be ready to follow part 3 where I’ll walk you through the initial setup and configuration of your own Virtual vSphere Lab.