This document is intended to assist end-users in deploying VMware® ESXi on Dell™ PowerEdge™ VRTX server nodes managed by Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC). This paper details about setting up PowerEdge VRTX for a cluster environment w.r.t VMware ESXi. VRTX combines blade server nodes and shared storage. The blade server nodes supported on VRTX are PowerEdge M620 and PowerEdge M520 at its launch.

The VMware ESXi version supported on the blade server nodes for PowerEdge VRTX is 5.1 Update1. The process for deploying VMware ESXi on Dell PowerEdge VRTX server nodes is similar to installing the software on other supported Dell PowerEdge servers. Additionally, more detailed instructions for installing ESXi on Dell PowerEdge systems can be found at Dell.com/virtualizationsolutions and within the Dell PowerEdge Deployment Guide for VMware ESXi 5.This paper is divided into two sections of which the first section talks about setting up VRTX shared storage. The second section details about accessing the shared storage to individual blade servers installed with VMware ESXi.

NOTE: Installing VMware ESXi on the Dell PowerEdge VRTX shared storage is not supported.

The detailed instructions are available in the white paper uploaded here.