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Installing VMWare ESXi 5.X on bare metal

Install Vmware ESXI on bare metal

VMware ESXi is a bare metal hyper-visor from VMware . ESXi is a software which has to be installed onto physical servers and on top of ESXi, Virtual Machines are installed/configured. Before installing ESXi, you need to follow the compatibility matrix in VMware website. To start with the installation, follow the below procedures.

Installation Steps

  • Download ESXi from VMware download page and burn the iso file in a CD/DVD.
  • Boot the Server from CD/DVD
  • Select “ESXi-5.X.X-XXXXXXX-Standard-Installer” on the Screen and hit Enter
  • Wait for a while until it prompts you for “Welcome to the VMware ESXi 5.X.X Installation” screen
  • Hit Enter to Continue
  • Press “F11” to Accept and Continue
  • Select Local Virtual Disk and Hit Enter
  • Select appropriate Keyboard layout and hit Enter
  • Enter root password, confirm password and hit enter
  • Press “F11” to begin with the Installation.
  • Wait for sometime until it prompts you for “Installation Complete” screen. Once you see the screen, it will read as “ESXi 5.X.X has been successfully installed”.
  • Press Enter to reboot
  • Once the ESXi reboot is completed, if your network has DHCP enabled, you will receive IP Address, or else you have to set a Static IP Address. It is recommended to set a Static IP Address.
    • Press “F2” to Customize System/View Logs
    • Enter username as “root” and password you defined
    • Select “Configure Management Network” and hit Enter
    • Select “IP Configuration” and hit Enter
    • Select “Set static IP Address and network configuration” and hit space
    • Now Configure IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway.
    • Hit Enter to save
    • Hit “ESC” button from your Keyboard to Exit
    • Press “Y” to Apply changes and restart management network.

That’s all !! You are done with the Installation of ESXi 5.X.X Version.

Published by Team UC Collabing

One thought on “Installing VMWare ESXi 5.X on bare metal”

  1. Claudio says:

    Hi Avinash,
    I think you should post how to install the ESXi on UCS. So you can detail the previous steps before the ESXi wizard.

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