Vmware ESXi - what is possible ?
I have the below h/w config with VMware ESXi v5.0 Update1 (baremetal) installed :
Intel Xeon E5-2403 1.80GHz, 10M Cache, 64 gb ram, 2GB SD Card for RIPS ,600GB 10K RPM SAS 2.5 " Hot Plug Hard Drive.
The requirement is to create & delete VMs/take snapshots in VMs. VCentre manager is out of budget. Still I have to achieve the above mentioned tasks . Mainly it will be used by Packaging, Imaging & Deployment team for the internal testing purposes. Below are my questions :
1. Can these be achieved without buying anything else ?
2. If yes, is it via Vmware view client or vmware vsphere client ?
3. Is Vmware view client or vmware vsphere client a free download which can be installed on our machines(Personal laptops) & can we carry out the above mentioned activities ?
4. If its not possible from Vmware view client or vmware vsphere client, then is there any other free vmware tool ?
5. Is Microsoft Hypervisor installed on a Win 2k8 R2 a better option than Vmware Esxi 5.0 for the above tasks ?(Again SCVMM cannot be afforded).
I have gone through a lot of posts & vmware webinars for the same. I am still not able to get a conclusive answer . Please advise ?