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15 steps to create your own VMware vSphere LAB on your home computer

VMware has given us the opportunity to test out all its product features for 60 days. So those who are preparing for VCP exam or those who want to test or learn vSphere features it will be very helpful to create a vSphere environment in their home computer. So don’t complain about VMware that you can afford the hardware cost, so you cannot test VMware.

Hardware you need

1. Mother Board having 64-bit compatibility

2. Processor with VT (Virtualization Technology) and x64 Supports

3. 4 GB of RAM (minimum)

Now a day all the motherboard and processor in the market contains these features. To see whether your current processor is 64-bit compatible or not and VT supported or not, you can use the following tool.

BITS: Download Link1

Download link2

Once you will run the program you will get a screen like below and can able to know all the facts.

Hardware that I used:

Processor:-Inter core 2 Quad CPUQ6600

Motherboard:-Intel DG31PR

RAM:-4 GB Transcend DDR-II 800MHz


1. VMWare workstation/server

2. Windows Server 2003/2008 64-bit

3. ESX/ESXi server ISO

4. vCenter Server ISO

5. Openfiler ISO

Software versions I have used

1. VMware® Workstation 7.1.2

2. Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition

3. ESX 4.1 Installable ISO image

4. ESXi 4.1 Installable ISO image

5. VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.0.0-171294.x86_64 ISO image

6. openfiler-2.3-x86_64-disc1 ISO image

Let’s Start our Lab

Step-1:-Install VMware workstation on your windows operating system.

Step-2:-Create 1 VM with 2.0 GB of RAM and install ESX from the DVD image.

Step-3:-Create 1 VM with 2.0 GB of RAM and install ESXi from the DVD image.

Step-4:-Create 1 VM with 2.0 GB of RAM and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition installed.

Step-5:- Create 1 VM with minimum 256mb of RAM and OpenFiler installed

N: B-Never reserve any memory for any host if you donot have more than 6GB memory as the memory usage may become constraint in powering some guest.

Step-6:-Mount VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.0.0-171294.x86_64.iso to windows server 2003 VM and install vCenter Server (VC) in the same VM. Also install the vSphere client on the same VM.This will be our vcenter Server.

Step-7:-Install vSphere client in your Base operating system which is in my case Windows 7 64 bit.

Step-8:-Now put all the 4 VM’e in “Powerd On” state.

Step-9:-Open vSphere Client on your base operating system.It will ask username/password of vcenter server.You will get a screen like below.

Give the username and password of your windows 2003 server and press login button.

Step-10:-Once after successful login you will be presented a screen like below.

Step-11: Create a folder with name as per your convenience by right clicking on the vCenter server as shown in above screen.

Step-12: Create a datacenter with name as per your convenience by right clicking on the folder created in the above step.

Step-13: Now you can add host to the data center by right clicking on datacenter and selecting Add Host.

Step-14:-After adding host you can see them like shown below

Step-15:-Now you can click on the hosts and create virtual machines, resource pools etc. like shown below

This way you will get a testing environment for VMware vSphere.To test storage you can use Openfiler as iSCSI storage device.For more information on how to install and use open filer with vSphere you can go here.


20 steps to connect openfiler to esx as iscsi storage

December 25, 2010 4 comments

Openfiler is a Linux based small operating system that provides file-based network-attached storage and block-based storage area network and is free software. It can run with very minimal resource.Below I will show how we can take the benefit of openfiler to make SAN/NAS storage for our VMware ESX host.

There are two types of openfiler installation. You can click on the installation link to see all details on how to help

1.Text Based Installation

2.Graphical Installation

N:B:-Make sure you have not partitioned all the disk space.Make the OS partition to small size and keep rest as free space which later we will use as iSCSI LUN.

At the time of installation or post installation you have to configure static IP address and necessary DNS configuration.

Once your installation is done, after reboot you will get a screen like below where it will give the URL where you can access opnefiler from browser.

N:B:- Configure static IP address and necessary DNS configuration before doing anything

Step-1:Now open the URL given at openfiler startup screen using any browser to login to its web interface. For first time it will give a security warning like the picture shown below.

You just need to ignore the warning and proceed to the login page.

You will get a login screen like given below.

N:B:-Don’t login using the root user credentials what you have provided during openfiler installation.

Default username:-openfiler

Default Password:-password

Once after successful login you will get a screen which will be containing all your openfiler server information

Step-2:Go to volumes tab.If you are opening this for first time you will get a screen like below.

You have to select create new volume group. Then you will get a screen like below.

Step-3:Click on disk name (Here in my case its /dev/sdb) under Edit Disk which contains the free space we are going to use iSCSI storage. Now you will get a screen where you can make your physical volume.

From Partition Type dropdown menu select Physical volume and click Create.It will create a physical volume.

Step-4:Now click on Volume Groups on the right hand side. You will be presented a window like below.

Here give some valid name for the volume group and select the physical volumes shown in the list in order to add to the volume group. Then click on Add volume group.

Once volume group creation finishes you can see the volume group listed under volumes tab.

Step-5:Now volume group creation is done,So we have to configure LUN(Logical Unit Number).To do this click on Add Volume.

Here give some volume name and slide the slider to allocate space to LUN.Choose Filesystem type as iSCSI and click on create.

Step-6:Next action is to enable iSCSI service. For this open Services tab. You will find there are some service listed and have option to disable/enable the services. From here you have to enable iSCSI target server will be disabled by default.

Step-7:Once iSCSI is enabled we need to share the volume to specific IP/Networks. To do this open System tab and on bottom you will find Network Access Configuration. Here provide the details of the ESX/ESXi server information and click on update.

N:B:-Sometimes in Network Access Configuration if you will allow only host then the iSCSI volume may not be shown in storage volumes under vSphere client.To overcome this allow the whole network as shown in the second rule in Network Access Configuration.

Step-8:Now you need to configure the iSCSI target and allow for the host.To do this goto Volumes tab.On right hand side you will find iSCSI Targets.From there goto Target Configuration as shown in figure below.

You will see some long name under Target IQN.This is going to be your iSCSI target name.Click on Add to add the target.

Step-9:Then go to LUN Mapping and click on Map to map the LUN to the iSCSI target.

Step-10:Next goto Network ACL on the same page.You will see the list of network/hostname present here are similar to what you gave in Network Access Configuration before and all will be deny by default.You have to allow them and click on Update.

Now openfiler configuration is over.We have to attach the storage volume to our ESX/ESXi server.

To do that login to the ESX /ESXi server using vSphere client.

Step – 11:In vSphere client Goto to Inventory > Configuration > Networking.

Now you need to add VMkernel to have features like vMotion and HA.To do that click on Add Networking. Select VMkernel and click Next.

Step-12:-Now if you have more than one network adaptor you can create a new virtual switch but in my case I have only one so I choose use vSwitch0 which will handle the network traffic for VMkernel.Click Next to proceed.

Step-13:From the next screen you can choose the options to enable services like VMotion,FT etc. but as we are mainly focused on storage leave those part for now.

Click next to proceed

Step-14:Set an IP adress for the VMkernel

Click Next. Then click Finish to finish the process of creation of VMkernel.

Step-15: Go to Configuration TAB and click on Storage Adapters.Click on iSCSI Software Adapter.

Step-16: Click on Properties of iSCSI Software Adapter, then goto General > Configure and enable the software initiator checkbox.

Step-17:Then click on Dynamic Discovery tab.Click on Add and then put your Openfiler IP address in iSCSCI Server field. In my case the IP is

Click OK and then click Close to close the Properties window.Now a pop-up will appear to rescan all host bus adapter.Click on Yes to rescan.

Now you can see the storage device by selecting the iSCSI adapter as shown below.

Step-18:To create LUN goto Configuration > Storage > Add Storage.

Step-19:Once you will click on Add Storage you will be prompted as below

Click Next.

Select the iSCSI disk and click Next.You will be represented the disk layout.


Click Next to proceed.Now you will be prompted to put a datastore name.

Put any datastore name of your choice and click Next.

Select you block size from the dropdown list and click Next.

Now your LUN is ready.Click on Finish.

Step-20: Now automatically your Openfiler LUN will appear in datastore list.To view this go to Configuration>Storage.

N:B:-If your datastore is not appearing in the list just click on Rescan all to rescan the host bus adapter. Now you can definitely see your datastore.