Installing ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor [Step-by-step]

Installing ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor [Step-by-step]

  • Download the VMware Hypervisor from :
  • 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



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