Run a virtual ESXi 5 in VMware ESXi 5

I now have a (quite) powerfull server: Intel Core i5 with 4 cores and 16GB of RAM. I want to virtualize as many things as possible. So I installed the free VMware ESXi 5 on the physical server and started populating it with virtual machines. I have a main virtual machine that has been P2Ved and run on the local storage of the ESXi. Then I have a virtual Nexenta that accesses some raw disks of the physical server to populate the storage.

This is how to install and run a virtual ESXi 5.0.0 inside a physical ESXi 5.0.0 instance.
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Moving VM on ESXi without VMotion or Storage VMotion

One of the missing feature in the free version of ESXi 5 is the ability to move Virtual Machines between Datastores (Storage vMotion) and/or ESXi servers (vMotion). There is, however, a way to move a Virtual Machine from one hypervisor to another or to use another storage space ; at the cost of VM outage duration.

Here’s a brief review of what can be done and how regarding Virtual Machine instances and storage migration.
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Install VMware tools for Nexenta on ESXi

I installed NexentaStor Community 3.1.2 on my VMware ESXi 5.0 and wanted to get the VMware tools running ; mostly because I know there are tools for Solaris and it may improve the Administrator Experience.

The virtual machine is configured as “Oracle Solaris 11 (64-bit)” Guest OS. It has 2 vCPU and 4GB of RAM. There are also two Mapped Raw LUN attached to it. The VMware Tools installation is nearly straight forward.
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Create an (IP alias / secondary administration network) on VMware ESXi

For some reasons, I need to create a secondary administration network on my ESXi servers. As I don’t need the routing stuff, I thought I’d create IP aliases as I would do with any UNIX server. But on the ESXi, it is just no possible, AFAIK.

The solution is to create another VMkernel port, used for management, on the ESXi. As I don’t want to use any extra hardware, I’ll create the portgroup in the existing vSwitch. Here’s how.
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