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How To install and Configure VMware ESXi 6.0

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In some of the previous post I was writing about virtualization technology and her purposes in modern world, what impact it has and why she is good for small and medium business.

This post will be intended for users who thinks to try virtualization on its company or home. In this tutorial I will try to explain how to boot, install and configure VMware ESXi 6.0 which is the first step towards virtualization.

First, we need to check is virtualization technology enable in BIOS. In our case on DELL PowerEdge 2950 this option is on CPU Information – Virtualization Technology  and change on Enable. When we finished this step, check is Boot Order and if all is ok then we need to Reboot computer and Boot Media with ESXi 6.0.

BIOS - Enable Virtualization Technology
BIOS – Enable Virtualization Technology

If we boot correctlly and from right media device we will see picture like below.

Loading ESXi Installer
Loading ESXi Installer

When all files will be loaded we will see picture like below. Press Enter to continue then on next window press F11 to Accept End User Licence Aggriments.

Loaded all file and ready to start installation
Loaded all file and ready to start installation

After this step, on the next window ( Select a Disk to Install or Upgrade ) we need to choose which disk we will use to install ESXi 6.0. In my case we will use Local Disk like on picture below and press Enter.

Choose Local Disk to install ESXI 6.0
Choose Local Disk to install ESXI 6.0

On the next window we need to choose Keyboard Layout then on the next window set Root password. After we complete this installation will be started.

Installing ESXi 6.0 - Progress Bar
Installing ESXi 6.0 – Progress Bar

If all goes right then you will see ESXi 6.0 starting window like on picture below. We need to press F2 to Customize System. After that step we need to type root password and we will see Customization System window.

System Customization Settings
System Customization Settings

One thing is important to do, we need to set up our network. To do this go to Configure Management Network – IPv4 Configuration – Set Static IPv4 Address and Network Configuration ( See picture below ). On this window we need to add IP Address, Subnet mask and Default Gateway and press Enter.

Configure Management Network
Configure Management Network

Then we need to set DNS Configuration. On this window choose Use The Following DNS Server Address and Hostname and set Primary DNS Server IP Address and Hostname. After finished this we need to Restart ESXi Server (F12). When all completed we can start ESXi trough Browser or using vSphere.

If we use Browser type your IP Address or Hostname in address bar and hit Enter. In some cases we need to add IP Address and Hostname in our system32/drivers/etc/host file. 

ESXi 6.0 Open from Browser
ESXi 6.0 Open from Browser

In case you use vSpehre Client you need to install it and when you open client type your IP Address and root password and username.

ESXi 6.0 - vSphere Client Login
ESXi 6.0 – vSphere Client Login

That is it, if you have questions just write in comment. Thanks!

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