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Appendix A: The Bottom Line > Chapter 2: Planning and Installing VMware ESXi

Chapter 2: Planning and Installing VMware ESXi

Understand the differences between ESXi Installable and ESXi Embedded. Although ESXi Installable and ESXi Embedded share the same core hypervisor technology and the same functionality, ESXi Embedded is an OEM solution that is designed to be preinstalled and integrated by equipment manufacturers; ESXi Installable (referred to just as ESXi in this chapter) is designed to be deployed and installed by customers.

Master It You're evaluating ESXi Installable and ESXi Embedded and trying to decide which to use for the vSphere deployment within your company. What are some of the factors that might lead you to choose ESXi Installable over ESXi Embedded or vice versa?

Solution Hardware/manufacturer support would be one factor to consider. ESXi Embedded is offered only by certain hardware manufacturers and only for certain models of their servers. In the event you are planning on using a supported model/ manufacturer, then ESXi Embedded can make your deployment very easy. If you aren't planning on using a server supported for ESXi Embedded by the manufacturer, then you're better off with ESXi Installable. ESXi Installable also offers more flexible deployment options.


  

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