If you’re in the US then Memorial Day is upon us and it's a day to honor those who have served our coutry. It also means 3 day weekend and you might be looking for a project to fill in some spare time between BBQs and time with friends and family. If you’re not in the US, well, then you just have one less day available but all the more reason to use the tips below to help you get a VMware environment up and running at home or in a lab.
Taking on a new technology can be a daunting task so it’s good to know where to start. Luckily there are a ton of great resources out there and here are a few to get you started.
Check out one of our past posts that covers the requirementson the hardware side for your setup as well as a few tips on how to get started.
Download The Software
There are two options here.
1) ESXi is the free version of our hypervisor
2) The vSphere free 60 day evaluation contains ESXi as well as a suite of capabilities around automation, optimization, availability and security.
Read Some Tutorials
The vSphere Evaluation Center
This is where you would have picked up the free 60 day download of vSphere and it has a ton of great resources to get you started installing and using vSphere.
VMware Knowledge Base (KB)
The KB site has lots of getting started tutorials, deep dives, support solutions, details on error messages and troubleshooting guides.
Watch Some Videos
VMware KB TV
If you’re more of the video type the team has you covered. Here you will find free training videos across a range of vSphere and other VMware related topics to help you get started as well as fine tune your skills.
Ask The Community
VMware Group on Spiceworks
Spiceworks just hit 2 million users and it’s a great plance to tap into the community to get advice from IT pros just like you. These are the people that are working with products like vSphere every day and they’re always willing to help.
VMware vSphere Community
This is a discussion forum hosted by VMware with links to vSphere and related resources. Just like Spiceworks you’ll be interacting with people like you who are getting started as well as those who have been using VMware vrtualization products for years.
Leave us a comment and let us know how it went over the weekend. Which links did you find the most helpful? Do you have any resources of your own that you found to be helpful? Has this inspired you to write your own getting started with VMware blog post? What did you BBQ?