The Finale …

The ASRock Q1900-ITX board as I had pointed out in the second post does not like to boot without a display. However we’re lucky enough to get a VGA port and with that you can trick it to think there’s a monitor connected. How? Simple, with a few resistors and VGA plug and here’s a quick guide. You can easily find the parts from any electronic store (i.e. Jaycar).

Here’s mine.



You don’t necessarily need that but to avoid having to connect a monitor for every reset (when it is needed) you may want to eventually build one.

Once the server is up and running we can access it through the web portal. If you were curious to see how ESXi boots on this server and actually connected a monitor, then this is the screen you will be left with. It’s OK, ESXi is running with no issues. This is due to the graphics driver incompatibility that I had mentioned before, therefore requiring us to pre-configure the server in a virtual environment.

esxiboot


Open up a browser and type in the IP address you assigned to the virtual server (i.e. 192.168.1.254). You will be greeted with VMware ESXi ‘Getting Started’ page. We are not going to download the vSphere client at this stage because we can do everything from the web client. It would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with vSphere client at some point though.

Now we are ready to experiment with our Virtual Server. Install Operating Systems and learn as we interact more with ESXi. I will only demo a few things, such as creating a new datasoter (to keep OS images, VMs, etc) and installing an Operating System, the rest you’ll have to play around and learn as I still do.

Here comes another slideshow …


WHAT’S NEXT?

Well this is the last piece on how to set up your own Virtual Server. I will of course have more posts about networking, OS installation, file sharing and other topics and this rather long journey on Virtual Server will allow us to experiment and practice as we go along.

HAPPY VIRTUALIZATION EVERYONE!