Fundamental ESXi

Speaker: John Welch, Director of IT, The Zimmerman Agency

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time: 9:50am - 10:35am

Most Mac IT folks are familiar with virtualization, especially in terms of desktop functionality. VMware Fusion, Parallels, and others are well-known entities in the Mac IT space. But there’s the other side of things, namely server virtualization. Why would you even want to virtualize servers when hardware’s cheap? Well, there are some real advantages to server virtualization, and this session will help explain why, then move into the basics of implementing server virtualization on Apple hardware via VMware ESXi. This session will go over the reasons for virtualizing servers, including the real cost and time savings that can come from it. We’ll then move into basics of ESXi on Apple hardware, covering “get it up and running” functionality on both supported and unsupported hardware, management tips and tricks, and resources to help you get the most out of your hypervisor from both VMware and the (Mac)IT community at large. A bare metal hypervisor is a great way to get the most for your hardware dollar, and this session will help you get started in a useful fashion.