Installing ESXi 5.1

Hello there. in my last post, I have created a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 10. That VM was specifically provisioned for ESXi 5.1. Now, I am going to install ESXi 5.1 on that VM.

So, lets get started.

So, in my previous post, we have provisioned a VM for ESXi 5.1 installation. It has 2 vCPUs, 2 GB of RAM, 40 GB virtual HDD, one NIC, and I have decided to install the OS later.

Lets mount the .iso image file first. Open up VMware Workstation and select the VM.

Vmware Workstation 10

Now, click on VM tab, and select Settings. Or you can directly enter the VM settings by clicking the ‘Edit Virtual machine settings’ in the right panel.

You will see the settings options now.

VM settings

Under Hardware, click the CD/DVD drive, and under ‘Connection’, select ‘Use ISO image file’ radio button. Browse to your ESXi 5.1 ISO image file.

Mount ISO VM

Now we are ready. Start virtual machine, and if everything is correctly configured, you should see ESXi 5.1 boot menu.

ESXi 5.1 Boot Menu

Just leave it like that, and in few seconds, ESXi 5.1 Installer will start to load.

ESXi Installer

Depending on the installer, you should wait a couple of minutes until the installer loads all the files. It shouldn’t take long, but you can go and make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, while you wait.

When the installer loads files, you should see this page:

Welcome to Installation screen

Scanning

It had found my virtual hard disk which I creating during VM provisioning. As we only have one virtual HDD, the disk is already selected, so hit Enter once to continue.

Select a Disk in VM ESXi installation

For keyboard layout, choose US English (you can choose whatever you want from the list, I have found it more convenient to use US English because it is in my daily routine to use English keyboard).

Next, enter the password for root user (you can leave it blank but you should put at least 7 characters, for security reasons).

Password for VM ESXi installation

Next step is to confirm the install. Just hit F11 and you are ready to go.

Confirm ESXi installation setup screen

You’ll see the progress bar.

Progress bar installing ESXi 5.1

After the installation is complete, you will the page which confirms a successful installation of ESXi 5.1, that you have 60 days of evaluation period, and to remove the installation disc (ISO file) before reboot. So, remove it and reboot the VM.

Installation complete VM ESXi 5.1

And that is it. You have successfully installed ESXi 5.1 on VM. Now you can start configuring your ESXi 5.1 VM. In my next post, I will most probably configure network and DNS settings.

It would be great if you have already deployed a domain environment. But if you don’t have it, doesn’t matter, we can play with this VM even though it is not the part of the domain.

ESXi 5.1 main page