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VMware vSphere Essentials by Christian Stankowic, Kunal Kumar

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Understanding ESXi and modes of management

There are different ways to access and work with the ESXi environment. The following topics will give us a better understanding of ESXi and its different modes of management.

History of ESXi

Prior to ESXi, VMware's hypervisor was called ESX. In comparison with ESXi, ESX had some significant differences. The most noticeable difference is that ESX's core was a highly customized Linux kernel based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Using a Linux user environment named Service Console, administrators used to gain privileged access to the ESX kernel. It was possible to customize ESX servers by installing additional drivers and software agents (for example, backup and monitoring) on the Service Console. The following ...

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