ESXi 5.0, Virtualization

Installing ESXi5 under VMware Workstation 8

This is just a quick blog post to show you how to install VMware ESXi5 under VMware Workstation.  Being able to do this makes a great learning environment as you can create and destroy as many virtual machines as you like.  In my lab i have 2 permanent hosts running ESXi 5 but if i want to play about with any features quickly i can just build a new server within minutes.

1) First step is to go through the virtual Machine Wizard and select Typical settings

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2) For the installer disc image file point it to your .ISO image of ESXi

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3) From the dropdown menu select VMware ESXi 5 as the operating system

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4)  Enter a name for the virtual machine and a location where the virtual machine files are going to be located

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5)  Enter the size of the disk

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6) Configure the virtual machine as the settings below, i removed USB, Floppy drive and enabled the Virtualize Intel BT-x/EPT – This enables you to run x64 VM’s which is required.  Note to use this your processor has to support it

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7) Once you’re done you are all ready for the installation process!

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8) Press Enter to confirm the installation

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9) Confirm the storage device which was selected previously

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10) Select the language that the installation will be done in

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11) Enter the password for the root account, don’t forget this!!

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12) Press F11 to confirm the installation

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13) The installation will continue and you now have a fully working ESXi virtual machine to play with your hearts content. Happy learning!

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