Installing ESXi 6.X

AlphaCMD IT Posts, VMware

Used in this example

  • ESXi 6.5
  • Dell PowerEdge R610

Step 1: Server Installation

Boot the server into the ESXi installer. If you don’t know how to create bootable media, you can find the How-to here.

When the installer loads up, the first screen will be welcome/compatibility screen.

ESXi Installation – Welcome

Hit enter to continue. The following screen will be the EULA screen. Hit F11 to continue. The installer will then scan the hardware and present the storage selection screen. In this case, I only have one drive available. Simply select the drive that you would like to install ESX on and hit enter.

ESXi Installation – Select Installation Disk

The next screen will be the Keyboard layout selection. Hit enter for the default or select the correct keyboard layout and hit enter to continue.

The following screen will be to set the ESX root password. Enter this password now, this password can be changed later.

ESXi Installation – Set Root Password

The following screen will either be errors and warnings. If you have no errors or warnings, this screen may not appear.

ESXi Installation – Errors and Warnings

The last screen will be to confirm the installation. Hit F11 to start the installation

ESXi Installation – Confirm Installation
ESXi Installation – Installation in progress

When the installation is complete, the installer will tell you to remove the installation media and reboot. Unplug the installation media and hit F11 to reboot the server.

ESXi Installation – Installation Complete

Step 2: ESXi basic configuration

When the server boots your installation will look something like this:

ESXi Post Installation – Main Screen

Form here hit F2 to begin configurations. Type in the password to the root user. Select Configure Management network from this list.

ESXi Post Installation – System Customization

Select IPv4 Configuration to set the IP of the ESX server.

ESXi Post Installation – IPv4 Configuration

Hit enter to commit the configuration

Select DNS Configuration. From here you can set the DNS servers and the Hostname of the ESX server. Hit OK to commit the configuration.

ESXi Post Installation – DNS Configuration

Hit Custom DNS Suffixes. This is where you can put the local domain for DNS resolution. Hit OK to commit the configuration.

ESXi Post Installation – DNS Suffixes Configuration

Hit escape to finish the network configuration. This will bring up the confirmation request to reset the management network. Hit Y to continue.

ESXi Post Installation – Network Configuration Confirmation

To test the configuration. Select “Test Management Network”. Select the servers you would like to ping and resolve then hit enter to start the test.

ESXi Post Installation – Test Management Network

When the test is complete you should see all 3 say OK.

ESXi Post Installation – Test Management Network successful

If everything comes out ok, put the IP address into your browser to open the management GUI.

ESXi Post Installation – VMware Management Web GUI