vSphere 6.0: Install and Configure ESXi 6.0 (Part-5)

In previous posts of this series, we have discussed some basics of install, configure, manage vSphere 6.0 series. If you have missed previous posts, you can find them here.

  1. Introduction to vSphere 6.0
  2. Introduction to Virtual Infrastructure
  3. vSphere Lab Setup
  4. vSphere Client 6.0

in this post, we’ll discuss about what is ESXi 6.0? How will it install and work?

What is ESXi 6?

ESXi is a bare-metal hypervisor that runs directly on server hardware and do not requires the installation of additional underlying operating system. This virtualization software creates and runs its own kernel, which is run after a Linux kernel bootstraps the hardware. It has three interfaces.

  • Hardware
  • Guest system
  • Console Operating System (service console)

Install and Configure ESXi 6.0

There are different ways to install ESXi server. You can use interactive installation (CD/DVD, USB drive, and PXE boot), scripts or auto deploy. I am installing ESXi 6 in VMware Workstation on my local SATA hard disk with interactive installation. You can download installation ISO image from VMware. Let’s begin the installation.

Step 1: Attach the Esxi 6 iso image to the virtual machine and boot the system. You will be presented see the standard ESXi 6.0 Boot Menu as shown below. Press “Enter” to continue.

how to attache esxi 6 image

Step 2: Let the ESXi load the necessary libraries to install the hypervisor. Welcome screen will appear Press “Enter” to continue.

Note: Remember to check VMware Hardware Compatibility List guide to see whether your hardware is listed or not. If the hardware is not listed, then you can’t get the support from VMware regarding installing ESXi on un-supported hardware. Press “Enter” to continue.

esxi 6 welcome screen

Step 3: Accept the EULA by pressing F11 key.

EULA

Step 4: ESXi will start scanning for available devices on your system.

scanning available devices in esxi 6

Step 5: Select the disk for the ESXi installation and press “Enter” to continue.

select a disk to install or upgrade esxi 6

Step 6: Select the keyboard layout and press “Enter”.

keyboard layout

Step 7: Set the root password for the ESXi host. Make sure password matches and press “Enter” to continue.

select a root password in esxi 6

Step 8: Press F11 to start the installation process.

F11 to start installation process

Step 9: Installation process will start and continue.

installation process esxi 6.0

Step 10: After completion of installation process, Press “Enter” to reboot the host.

installation completed in esxi 6.0

Step 11:

ESXi server will take a short time to complete.

rebooting server 6.0

Configuring ESXi Host

After installation of ESXi host you will be presented with the familiar screen.

esxi server 6.0

After the reboot, you can see the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) above. You can see the ESXi build number, memory and processor information and IP address. As you can see above by default, ESXi is set to receive IP from DHCP server. You can press F2 to login to DCUI to configure IP address, DNS, hostname. In next post of this series I’ll show you how to configure IP address, DNS, hostname of ESXi 6.0. To know more about Virtualization, ESXi, and VMs you can follow VMware vSphere 6 Part 1 – Virtualization, ESXi and VMs course.

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