Installing VMWare ESXi version 4

Posted on 15. Aug, 2009 by in Server, Virtualization

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This document demonstrates the installation of VMWare’s ESXi 4 operating system.

Installation Time: Approx 10 minutes

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Note: Must have minimum 2 GB Ram

Installation

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.

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You will see a bunch of dots as the installer is getting unpacked. This may take a minute or two.

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You’ll see the yellow screen and the progress bar as the installer is preparing

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When you see the welcome screen press Enter to begin install

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Press F11 to accept agreement

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Select the disk where you want to install the ESXi operating system

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Press F11 (again) to proceed installing ESXi on this disk

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ESXi will be installed. May take one or two minutes

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When finished, press Enter to reboot, and be sure to remove CD

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Configuration

After reboot there are a few things to configure. Begin configuration by pressing F2

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The first thing to do is set the root password. Select Configure Password and press Enter

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Enter your password andtype it again to confirm

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Next, configure the networking. Select Configure Management Network

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If you have multiple network adapter, make sure you select the correct adapter for the management network. Select Network Adapters

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Verify which nic you want to use for management

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Finally, if you will be using a static IP address select IP Configuration

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Enter IP information

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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).

If you have questions or problems with this build document please leave a comment below.

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