Well it’s been a long while since I used Vcenter, and now it’s gone all web based. Which is a damned shame IMHO.
But the plus is that ESX can now run nested!
The first stumbling block was installing vSphere. 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. The annoying part is trying to logon right after install. My Windows user ID doesn’t work, and logging in as ‘admin’ or ‘Administrator’ doesn’t work. 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. 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. Also it looks like you still need the ‘fat’ client to manage storage. Ugh.
I’ll probably update this more the further along I get.