I checked the Toolchest on the NetApp Support Site, and the two latest ONTAP simulators are 9.6 and 9.5P6. The simulators used to have two editions, one for ESXi and the other for Player, Workstation as well as Fusion. For ONTAP 9.6, only the one for Player, Workstation and Fusion is available. The other one for ESXi is absent. It can be distinguished using the file name of the simulator, for example,
vsim-esx-DOT9.5P6-cm_nodar.ova is for Player, Workstation, and Fusion
vsim-netapp-DOT9.5P6-cm_nodar.ova us for ESXi
Also they have different checksums.
Is there any information for the ONTAP 9.6 simulator for ESXi? Any reply would be appreciated. Thanks.
I think what he's asking is, while there are two versions (9.5P6 and 9.6) available for VMware Workstation, VMware Player, and VMware Fusion the last version available for ESXi is 9.5P6, and was curious about a 9.6 image for ESXi. Curios of the same thing myself.
The worksation OVA should deploy to ESXi without issue. The biggest differences between the two builds were default RAM (5gb on workstation, 8gb on ESXi), and default simulated disk size (1gb on the workstation build, 4gb on ESXi).
If you look at the documentation you'll see all references to deploying on ESX were also removed, so it doesn't appear like they plan to continue release ESX builds. On ESX the ONTAP Select eval may be a better option for some use cases.
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I have just deployed the Workstation OVA to the ESX 6.5 and I ended up in weird situation. It is not possible to run it or edit its settings or even remove it from inventory and disk. I'm doomed. Any advice?