VMware ESXi 6.0 Installation Process step by step

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In this post, I will show you ESXi 6.0 installation process step by step. Before going to install the VMware ESXi 6.0, we have to make sure the minimum hardware configuration should be meet and supported by ESXi 6.0.

ESXi Hardware Requirements:

  1. Verify the list of supported server hardware like HP, DELL, IBM & Cisco through VMware Compatibility Guide. http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.vmware-compatibiity-guide
  2. Required minimum two CPU cores.
  3. Minimum of 4 GB RAM is required for basic installation.
  4. Required the NX/XD bit to be enable for CPU in BIOS.
  5. Hardware Virtualization (Intel VT-X or AMD RVI) must be enabled for 64 bit CPU in BIOS Level.
  6. Required minimum 1 Gbps or more faster Ethernet Adapter.
  7. Required Local or shared SCSI Disk with minimum 6 GB free space.

Installing and Configuring the ESXi 6.0:

We can install the ESXi 6.0 in several ways, like Interactive ESXi installation, Scripted ESXi installation and Auto Deploy ESXi installation. Here, I will use interactive installation method using CD/DVD media to install ESXi server. First, download the ESXi ISO Image from VMware https://www.vmware.com. please find the below link for reference.

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=491&rPId=12931&downloadGroup=ESXI600

esxi-image-download

After downloading the ESXi ISO Image from VMware and make sure the server is configured to boot from CD/DVD. Then mount the ESXi ISO image to CD/DVD and start the installation. Select the ESXi-6-standard installer and press enter to continue the installation.

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Loading ESXi Installer2

Press Enter to continue the installation3

Press F11 to Accept and Continue6

Host scanning for available devices7

Select Local and press Enter8

Select US Default9

Provide root password and confirm password10

Press F11 to Confirm Install12

Installing ESXi 6.0 is in progress13

ESXi 6.0 has been successfully installed and press Enter to reboot14

Rebooting the server is in progress15

 After reboot, we can see the Direct Console User Interface below. Press F2 to Login18

Provide root password and press Enter19

Scroll down to Configure Management Network and press Enter21

Select IPv4 and press Enter22

Select Set Static IPv4 address and network configuration by pressing space bar and provide the IPv4 Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway and press Enter23

Select DNS Configuration and press Enter24

Provide Primary DNS Server, Alternate DNS Server and Host name details and press Enter25

Select IPv6 Configuration and press Enter26

Select Disable IPv6 ( restart required) and press Enter27

Press Esc to Appy changes28

Press Y to Apply changes and reboot host29

VMware ESXi Host restarted in progress30

31            Once installation and configuration is completed means download the vSphere client and connect the host to manage. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for reading my post……! If you feel worth please share it in social media.

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