Transforming from baremetal VMware vSphere to nested VSAN: Part Two (Preparation and Execution)

Welcome to part two of my VSAN ‘trilogy’! If you’ve missed the first part, see the link below.
Transforming from baremetal VMware vSphere to nested VSAN: Part One (Design)
This post contains the steps I’ve taken to prepare my transformation from a traditional vSphere lab environment to a VSAN-powered environment.

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VMware #VSAN Beta available for download!

Today VMware announced that the VSAN Beta is available for download.

Get your copy at the following URL:
https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/get-download?downloadGroup=VSPHERE2013_VSANPUBLICBETA

Check out my other posts to see what VSAN does. Basically it transforms your local storage to a replicated form of storage, delivering low latency and high performance next to high availability.

For more information check out the VSAN Beta Program Community:
https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/beta/vsan

VMware Virtual Machine Hardware features

This post is mostly for my own information, but could be useful to other people while searching for the Virtual Machine Hardware features available within each release, starting with version 4 (ESX/ESXi 3.5) and ending with version 9 (ESXi 5.1).

I got this information off the VMware website (vSphere 5.1 documentation) and in my opinion the following features are the most important ones:

Version 4 (ESX/ESXi 3.5 and later)
64 GB RAM limit
4 Logical processors
4 Virtual NICs
128MB video memory

Version 7 (ESX/ESXi 4.x and later)
255 GB RAM limit
8 Logical processors
LSI Logic SAS and Paravirtual adapters
Virtual IDE disks
10 Virtual NICs
VMXNET3 NICs
128MB video memory
More guest operating systems supported

Version 8 (ESXi 5.0 and later)
1 TB RAM limit
32 Logical processors
LSI Logic SAS and Paravirtual adapters
Virtual IDE disks
10 Virtual NICs
VMXNET3 NICs
128MB video memory
SVGA 3D hardware acceleration
More guest operating systems supported

Version 9 (ESXi 5.1 and later)
1 TB RAM limit
64 Logical processors
LSI Logic SAS and Paravirtual adapters
Virtual IDE disks
10 Virtual NICs
VMXNET3 NICs
Nested hypervisor support
512MB video memory
SVGA 3D hardware acceleration
More guest operating systems supported