VMware VCP 4.1 Study Guide & Lab Part 1

Lab Setup Hardware

1 x HP ML 115
2 x 500GB 7.2K SATA Drives in RAID1
8GB RAM
1 x NIC

Lab Setup Software

1 x Windows Server 2003 32 Bit Standard (Used as a Virtual Machine for testing)
1 x Windows XP (Used as a Virtual Machine for testing)
1 x OpenFiler 2.99 (Storage Area Network)
1 x VMware Workstation 7.1
1 x VMware ESXi 4.1
1 x VMware v Centre Server 4.1

To download the software we required for the lab, you will need to register with VMware this can be done by following any VMware link below as it will ask you to register first.

OpenFiler 2.99 Download Link

VMware Workstatation 7.1 Download Link

VMware ESXi 4.1 Download Link

VMware vCentre Server 4.1 Download Link

Physical Machine Operating System

We will install Windows Server 2003 64 Bit as the base Operating System on our HP ML115 as this has a fairly small memory footprint.

On the install I give the Operating System a 50GB C: Drive Partition, and the computer name is VM01

Once Windows Server 2003 64 Bit has installed, we then configure the machine with the following IP Address

VMware VCP 4.1 Study Guide & Lab-nic-settings.png
We then create three more partitions as follows:

OFSAN (O) 300GB, this will be used for our SAN
VM (V) 50GB, this will be used for our VMware Workstation VM’s
DATA (Z) 50GB, this will be used for software ISO’s

Inside of the OFSAN partition, we need to create three folders called:

vDisk01
vDisk02
vDisk03

These will form the LUN’s that we present to the VM’s

Inside of the VM partition, we need to create three folders called:

ESXi01
ESXi02
OFSAN01

These will hold the VMware Workstation information that will form our VCP Lab.

Inside of the DATA partition we need to save our ISO’s for the following:

1 x Windows Server 2003 32 Bit Standard
1 x Windows XP
1 x OpenFiler 2.99
1 x VMware ESXi 4.1
1 x VMware v Centre Server 4.1

Next we need to edit the HOST File on VM01 by going to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc and opening the hosts file with notepad. Enter the following lines:

192.168.1.10 ofsan01
10.0.0.11 esxi01
10.0.0.12 esxi02

VMware Workstation Installation
We are now going to install VMware Workstation 7.1. This only needs to be installed using the defaults so just click next with the onscreen instructions.

Once VMware Workstation has been installed go to Virtual Network Editor and configure this as follows:

VMnet1 Host Only Subnet 192.168.1.0/24 (this will be our Management Network)
VMnet9 Host Only Subnet 192.168.2.0/24 (this will be our vMotion Network)

Remove DHCP from VMnet1
Remove VMnet8 and turn the DHCP off

Once configured it should look like this:

Next go into your Network Connections on VM01 and rename them to:

Local Area Connection > LAN
VMnet1 > Management Network
VMnet9 > vMotion Network

VMware VCP 4.1 Study Guide & Lab-nic.png

We now need to change the IP address settings on the Management Network to:
Next we need to change our vMotion IP address settings to:

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