Over the years I have always recommended the full ESX install over the ESXi build for a number of reasons, heres a couple of the better technical ones.
- Scripted Installs
- Boot from SAN Support
- Web Access
- Jumbo frames supported on VMKernel Interfaces
We have all known for sometime now that VMware plan on converging the two ESX architectures, so recently I’ve making an effort to start adapting because it’s not a matter of if but instead when this will happen. (very soon I’m guessing)
Just recently a customer with existing hardware wanted to reprovision existing blades for a vSphere implementation, each blade had its own internal SAS drive which led me to recommend either an additional drive was added to each blade to allow for a raid 1 mirror, or consider Boot from SAN.
The customer in the end decided to add an additional drive to each blade, but I was surprised to see this was still not supported.
I’m hoping this changes in the near future.