Cloud Lab-12: How to Install ESXi Server-“Installation” (Part 1)

In this lab i am going to show you how to install ESXi server. i will show you only installation of one ESXi Host and hope you will follow this post to install ESXi server on the resets of our lab hosts.just for quick recall, i divided my this cloud lab into two section one for Resource group Components and other is Management Components. if you want to know how many ESXi server you will require or going to install in this lab. please visit my lab setup/scenario post.

LAB-12 TASKS (Part 1)

In this Lab we will perform following tasks

  1. ESXi Server installation Requirements
  2. Create a vm for Resource group ESXi-1
  3. Configuring Prerequisite for Nested ESXi Lab
  4. Install First ESXi Server.

1-ESXi Server installation Requirements

To install and use ESXi 5.5, your hardware and system resources must meet the following. In my lab I want to run esxi as nested OS (Running nested means installing a hypervisor inside of another hypervisor.  This could be XenServer, Hyper-V, or ESXi)

  • ESXi 5.5 requires a host machine with at least two cores.
  • ESXi requires a minimum of 4GB of physical RAM. Provide at least 8GB of RAM to take full advantage of ESXi features and run virtual machines in typical production environments.
  • To support 64-bit virtual machines, support for hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD RVI) must be enabled on x64 CPUs.

Enable Promiscuous Mode on vSwitch

2-Create a VM For Resource Group ESXi-1

Use the following specs to create a VM for Resource Group ESXi-1.

o   Right Click on Server and Choose New Virtual Machine
o   Enter VM Name (RG-ESXi-1) and Inventory Location
o   Select Datastore
o   Select Virtual Machine Version: select latest available
o   Select “Other 64 bit” as OS Version
o   # of Virtual Processors: 2 Sockets , 6 Cores
o   Amount of RAM: 15GB
o   Network

  • # of NICs: 6
  • Adapter Type: VMXNET 3
  • Select “Connect at Power On

o   SCSI Controller: LSI Logic Parallel
o   Create New Virtual Disk: 5GB
o   Use thin provision
o   Install OS.

3-Configuring Prerequisite for Nested ESXi Lab

For nested ESXi Lab configuration, please visit me earlier blog port here

4-Install First ESXi Server

Insert the Esxi 5.5 ISO into the ESXi VM and make sure “connect at power on” in checked. Now boot off of that device


Once boot up has begun you will see a screen shown below that will automatically load up into the esxi 5.5 installer. You can Hit “Enter” or wait the 10 second time out to begin loading up the installer.



After the setup has finished loading you will be able to start the installation, Hit “Enter” to being installing ESXi 5.5


Press “F11” to accept the EULA and continue.


Now your system will be scanned for hardware and storage


Select the virtual disk where you want to install, and press “Enter” to continue


Next select your language and hit “Enter” to continue


Enter a “root” password . Press the Down Arrow or Tab key, then enter the “password again” to confirm. Press “Enter” to continue


The system will once again scan for additional system information making sure your system meets the minimum requirements. For my lab here it told me I did not have enough Ram and I had to add more before continuing


Confirm that the information on the screen is correct, then press “F11” to start the installation.


Now the installation has begun copying files to your storage location


You are finished, Make sure to remove the installation DVD or unmounts it from your VM before rebooting. Hit “Enter” to finish and reboot the host.



Once rebooted the ESXi host will load up and you can now begin to configure and administer this host


That’s it for installation part of our first ESXi Server. in part2 of this post. i will show you how to configure some basic configuration after installation in ESXi.


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