VMware ESXi 5.1 Installation Process step by step


In this post, I will show you ESXi 5.1 installation process step by step.Before going to install the VMware ESXi 5.1, we have to make sure the minimum hardware configuration should be meet and supported by ESXi 5.1.

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 5.1:

We can install the ESXi 5.1 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.



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-5.1.0-standard installer and press enter to continue the installation.


Loading ESXi Installer2

Press Enter to continue the installation 4

Press F11 to Accept and Continue5

Select Local and press Enter7

Select a keyboard layout as US Default and press Enter8

Provide Root password and Confirm password9

Press F11 key to Confirm Install10

Installation is in progress 11

ESXi 5.1 has been successfully installed and press Enter to Reboot12

Rebooting server is in progress 13

After reboot, we can see the Direct Console User Interface below. Press F2 to Login14

Provide root password and press Enter15

Scroll down to Configure Management Network and press Enter16

Select IP configuration and Press Enter17

Select Set static IP address and network configuration by pressing space bar, then provide the IP Address, Subnet Mask,  Default Gateway and press Enter18

Scroll down to DNS Configuration and press Enter19

Provide Primary DNS Server, Alternate DNS Server, Hostname and press Enter20

Select IPv6 Configuration and press Enter21

Press space bar to disable the IPv6 and press Enter22

Press Esc to Apply the changes23

Press Y to Apply changes and restart management network24

VMware ESXi host restart  is in progress25

26    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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