VMware ESXi step-by-step Installation Guide with Screenshots

The following article would cover VMware ESXi Step-by-step Installation guide with screenshots. VMware ESXi comes with a 60 days evaluation mode, however there is also a Free version available as well. You would need to register on VMware website to get your free license key to come out of the evaluation mode. Once the ESXi is installed, you can either user vSphere Client on the Direct Console User Interface to administer the host.

VMware ESXi is based on hypervisor architecture that runs directly on top of a hardware as shown below.

vmware-esxi

 

  • Download ESXi server

Download vSphere ESXi software from VMware Support and Downloads webpage.
Following are the various download options available. Select “ESXi 4.0 Update 1 Installable (CD ISO) Binary (.iso)” and burn a CD.

” ESXi 4.0 Update 1 Installable (CD ISO)
” Upgrade package from ESXi Server 3.5 to ESXi Server 4.0 Update 1
” Upgrade package from ESXi Server 4.0 to ESXi Server 4.0 Update 1

VMware ESXi step-by-step Installation Guide with Screenshots

  • VMware VMvisor Boot Menu

Once you insert the ESXi CD and reboot the server, it will display a boot menu with an option to launch “ESXi Installer” as shown below.

VMware Boot Menu

  • VMware ESXi Installer Loading screen

While the installer is loading all the necessary modules, it will display the server configuration information at the top as shown below.

VMware ESXi Console

 

  • New ESXi Install

Since this is a new installation of ESXi, select “Install” in the following screen.

End User License Agreement

  • Accept End User License Agreement for VMware

Read and accept the End User License Agreement (EULA) by pressing F11.

ESXi Installer

  • Select the ESXi Host install destination.

VMware ESXi 4.0.0 Installer will display all available disk groups. Choose the Disk where you would like to install the ESXi. It is recommended to choose the Disk 0 as per screenshot below.

Select Install Partition

  • Confirm ESXi Installation

Confirm that you are ready to start the installation process by pressing the F11 key on your keyboard as per screenshot below.

Install ESXi

  • Installation Progress bar

The installation process takes few minutes. While the ESXi is getting installed, it will display a progress bar as shown below.

ESXi Install

  • ESXi Installation Complete

You will get the following installation completed message that will prompt you to reboot the server.

ESXi Install

  • ESXi Initial Screen

After the ESXi is installed, you’ll get the following screen where you can configure the system by pressing F2.

ESXi Console

In the next article, let us review how to perform the initial ESXi configuration.

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