Assuming here that your ESXi environment is already nested and configured appropriately.
Power Off the guest ooerating system you want to enable FT for
Disconnect the CD / DVD (or select client devic eoption)
GO to options tab and sele the Advanced / General Button
ON right hand side click configuration parameters button
Add 3 ROWs
Name: replay.allowFT Value: true
Name: replay.supported Value: true
Name: replay.allowBTOnly Value: true
You ned VT-X as a feature of you rphysical CPU adn this needs to be passed through to your Nested ESXI host.
http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2012/08/how-to-enable-nested-esxi-other.html < See this blog for more details.
It matters greatly if you are using ESXi 5.0 or 5.1
I recently purchased the following gear to setup a home lab for ESXi 5 study and to of course get my VCP5.
Its a Shuttle XPC with 32GB of DDR3 Ram, Intel i7 3.5ghz and a 3TB SATA3 HDD
I already had a HP microserver N40L with 8GB ram – but with more than 2-3 VM’s it would struggle and subsequently frustrate me greatly …. to say the least 🙂
I intended to run ESXi 5.1 virtualised so I could really test out the features and not be limited by hardware (like the shuttle only having 1 physical NIC)
The only things I needed to change on the physical shuttle host was
- add ‘vhv.allow = “true” > /etc/vmware/config
- Enable promiscuous mode on physical hosts ESXi vswitch
- Select Other x64 bit client for the VM Client
Check out this great blog http://tsmith.co/2011/creating-a-nested-esxi-5-environment/– for further info on nested ESXi setups
I also wanted a NFS and iSCSI device and after downloading OpenFiler from here https://www.openfiler.com/community/download
Configure it with as an RHEL x64 – 2GB Ram and 2 IDE Disks and 1vCPU
Then I found the following blogs to setup the OpenFiler shares