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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