Howto VMWare ESXi Installation Steps

Introduction to ESXi

What is ESXi?

In simple term (Not Technical), ESXi is an Operating system just like Microsoft Windows or Linux but it allows you to create Mini Servers on a Physical Host.

Technical Definitions:-

VMWare

“VMware ESXi is a purpose-built bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly onto a physical server. With direct access to and control of underlying resources, ESXi is more efficient than hosted architectures and can effectively partition hardware to increase consolidation ratios and cut costs for our customers.”

Wikipedia

VMware ESXi (formerly ESX) is an enterprise-class, type-1 hypervisor developed by VMware for deploying and serving virtual computers. As a type-1 hypervisor, ESXi is not a software application that is installed on an operating system (OS); instead, it includes and integrates vital OS components, such as a kernel.”

Pre-Check’s/configurations

Before installation of ESXi make sure that you have configured below on/for your Physical Server:-

  1. ILO or iDRAC
  2. VNC/KVM or console access is working
  3. Virtual Media’s can be attached via Console

Hardware Details

Server: CISCO UCS B200M4
CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 @2.40 GHz
Memory: 768GB

Installation Steps

1) Power on Server, attach ESXi Installation Media (download ISO from my.vmware.com) and boot server using Virtual Media you have attached.

Figure 1: Server BIOS Screen

2) Select the Virtual Media as the boot device

Figure 2: Boot from Virtual Media

3) Boot Menu will appear, select “ESXi-xx-standard installer”. It will start Loading ESXi installer.

Figure 3: ESXi Installation Boot Menu
Figure 4: Loading Installation

4) On Welcome Screen, press Enter to continue.

Figure 5: Welcome Screen

5) Accept the End User License Agreement (EULA) by pressing “F11” button.

Figure 6 EULA

6) ESXi installer will scan the available resources.

Figure 7 Device Scanning

7) If you are installing ESXi on local disk, make sure to select Local Storage or you might end up deleting data of remote storage.

Figure 8: Selection of Installation Media

8) Select Keyboard Layout.

Figure 9: Select Keyboard

9) Enter & re-enter the root password.

Figure 10: Insert Password

10) Press “F11” to start the installation.

Figure 11: Confirm Install

11) Installation will start.

Figure 12: Installation Process

12) Reboot the server once the installation is complete.

Figure 13: Reboot Server

13) Server will be rebooted, and it will automatically boot ESXi from the media you have installed (Local in this case).

14) If you see the below screen, ESXi has been installed successfully on this server.

Figure 15: Esxi Screen

15) Press “F2” and enter your credentials to configure the host.

Figure 16: Login To configure

16) Post login you will see below screen. Using arrow keys select Management Network.

Figure 17: System Customization

17) Below screen will appear for configuration of network

Figure 18: Network Configuration

18) Please configure below as per your network:-
a. VLAN:-

Figure 19: VLAN Configuration

b. IPv4 Configuration

Figure 20: Configure IPv4

c. DNS & Hostname Configuration:

Figure 21: DNS & Hostname Configurations

d. DNS Suffix:

Figure 22: Configure DNS Suffix

e. Disable IPv6:

Figure 23: Disable IPv6

19) Disabling IPv6 will initiate server reboot. Wait for the server to be rebooted.

Once the server is rebooted you can add it in vCenter to manage or browse the host IP to manage is using Host manager.

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