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Installing ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor [Step-by-step]

Installing ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor [Step-by-step]

  • Download the VMware Hypervisor from :  https://www.vmware.com/downloads
  • Mount the Downloaded ISO file to the Server (Burn it to the CD or Mount to the ILO) and boot the server
  • You will be getting the below screen
  • Select the “ESXi-5.1.XXXXXXXX-Standard Installer” or it will start the installation automatically.
  • Continue the installation

 

  • You will get the below Message and Hit “Enter” to continue the installation
  • To Accept the “End User Licence Agreement (EULA)” press “F11” and continue
  • Installation will scan the available Hardware and will continue the installation

 

  • Select the Disk to install the Hypervisor ( if you have connect a SAN you can see the remote storage volume under “Remote” )

 

  • You can view the details by pressing “F1” key

 

  • Select the Keyboard Lay out in the Next step

 

  • Select the Root Password in for the ESXi Host and hit Enter to Continoue

 

  • Hypervisor will scan the system
  • Confirm the installation by pressing “F11”

 

  • Hypervisor will continue he installation

 

  • After completion of the installation Hit “Enter” to reboot the system

 

  • Wait until initializing the system and load the Hypervisor, you will see the below screen after completing the initialization.

 

  • Press “F2” key and enter the password to customize the system and do the initial configuration.

 

  • You will be redirecting to the “System Customization” page to continue the initial customization

 

  • Select the “Configure Management Network” and move to “Configure Management Network”to change the IP address of the ESXi Server.

 

  • Press “Enter” and select the “Set static IP address and network configuration:” option in the next window

 

  • You can change the IP address accordingly
  • Change the DNS settings in the same way under the DNS Configuration

 

  • Press “Enter” and confirm the Changes that you have made you will be redirecting to the previous page.

 

 

  • Press “ESC” key and Confirm to change the IP address

 

  • You can Test the Management Network connectivity by selecting “Test Management Network” option and make sure to test the physical connectivity from a local PC.

 

  •  Launch the “VMware vSphere Client” from your local PC and enter the login credentials of the ESXi Server

 

  • You can see a “Security Warning” Ignore it for the first time

 

  • You Will be redirecting to the ESXi home page

 

 

Installing ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor [Step-by-step]
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Aruna Lakmal

Senior Virtualization Engineer at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 6 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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