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hello ,

I'm about to finish my Vmware course of Esx/Esxi 4.1 , after i finish i plan to start train myself to be professional with it.

is there anyone who can suggest of a plan to train myself? what to do?
my teacher told me there is a software called openfire who simulate a computer like it a storage but i didn't find anything in Google.... any help will be appreciated .
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hello ,

I'm about to finish my Vmware course of Esx/Esxi 4.1 , after i finish i plan to start train myself to be professional with it.

is there anyone who can suggest of a plan to train myself? what to do?
my teacher told me there is a software called openfire who simulate a computer like it a storage but i didn't find anything in Google.... any help will be appreciated .
Did your course give you a copy of VMware Workstation? Server or anything like that?

That is a better training option in my opinion then to use something like openfire. and to me openfire sounds like an ESXI Virtual Appliance.
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ESXI training?

Get a spare computer, slap it on, have fun!

ESXi is free for the basic version, so grab it, setup some servers, maybe try setting up a windows domain, with a linux router or something. I guess you could dick around with Openfire, but W/LAMP servers aren't that big a deal, or that important in regards to ESXi training.

The advanced features are only available with vsphere, so you are a bit constrained and can't vmotion storage or vm's, but at least you can work with vdisk's and best practices.
    
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ESXI training?

Get a spare computer, slap it on, have fun!

ESXi is free for the basic version, so grab it, setup some servers, maybe try setting up a windows domain, with a linux router or something. I guess you could dick around with Openfire, but W/LAMP servers aren't that big a deal, or that important in regards to ESXi training.

The advanced features are only available with vsphere, so you are a bit constrained and can't vmotion storage or vm's, but at least you can work with vdisk's and best practices.
from what i understand i can have vSphere for 60 days so that something.... i'm trying to understand from where to start and train myself... any suggestions?
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from what i understand i can have vSphere for 60 days so that something.... i'm trying to understand from where to start and train myself... any suggestions?
There are some differences in their products.

ESXI will run on each server and is free with the basic (4 vcpu per server, 256GB RAM per VM) version.

Vsphere is what manages multiple ESXi hosts, and lets you do the vmotion and such. 60 days will give you a good taste of it.

If possible, a good start would be flipping through books at the local bookstore for vsphere/vmware guides and seeing which one speaks to you the best.
    
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There are some differences in their products.

ESXI will run on each server and is free with the basic (4 vcpu per server, 256GB RAM per VM) version.

Vsphere is what manages multiple ESXi hosts, and lets you do the vmotion and such. 60 days will give you a good taste of it.

If possible, a good start would be flipping through books at the local bookstore for vsphere/vmware guides and seeing which one speaks to you the best.

Do you have any recommended books?
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Do you have any recommended books?
Not anything in particular. I just kinda taught my self by first building an ESXi server, then using it to build a windows AD domain, with PDC/SDC, file server, clients.
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Not anything in particular. I just kinda taught my self by first building an ESXi server, then using it to build a windows AD domain, with PDC/SDC, file server, clients.
ok... i will do that.... now i am searching for any useful links so if you have any i will welcome them.
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ESXi is free. Once you register with VMWare, you'll get a serial key to turn the 60-day eval into a full blown version, with just limited features. But enough to get started.
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ESXi is free. Once you register with VMWare, you'll get a serial key to turn the 60-day eval into a full blown version, with just limited features. But enough to get started.

Can you please provide me the link for the ESX? what about the ESXI? i learned that from version 5 ESX is not relevant anymore.
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