This document demonstrates the installation of VMWare’s ESXi 4 operating system.
Installation Time: Approx 10 minutes
Note: Must have minimum 2 GB Ram
To begin download the free iso file from VMWare’s website and burn it to a CD. Enter the CD into your server and power on / reboot.
You will see a bunch of dots as the installer is getting unpacked. This may take a minute or two.
You’ll see the yellow screen and the progress bar as the installer is preparing
When you see the welcome screen press Enter to begin install
Press F11 to accept agreement
Select the disk where you want to install the ESXi operating system
Press F11 (again) to proceed installing ESXi on this disk
ESXi will be installed. May take one or two minutes
When finished, press Enter to reboot, and be sure to remove CD
After reboot there are a few things to configure. Begin configuration by pressing F2
The first thing to do is set the root password. Select Configure Password and press Enter
Enter your password andtype it again to confirm
Next, configure the networking. Select Configure Management Network
If you have multiple network adapter, make sure you select the correct adapter for the management network. Select Network Adapters
Verify which nic you want to use for management
Finally, if you will be using a static IP address select IP Configuration
Enter IP information
At this point, the ESXi host is ready to start hosting virtual machines. This can be done using the VI client or VCenter (formerly Virtual Center).
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