Installation and Configuration of VMware ESXi
- VMware ESXi 4.1 server
- vSphere client 4.1
- Any hardware which confirm to the Compatibility Guide
- Download ESX Server ISO from https://www.vmware.com/support/product-support/vsphere-hypervisor. Then install it on any hardware supported (see ESX Server compatibility list). I recommend you install ESX server in physical server rather than VMWare Workstation (otherwise, it will run very slow). I used Powerspec S400 Intel Xeon dual processor with 4 GB of RAM.
- After installation (which will take around 2 mins), reboot the system.
- After reboot you will see a light management interface. Press F2 to configure the system.
- Set password and static IP address on the server.
- Enable SSH access to remotely access the server.
- A vSphere client is used to connect to server.
- Connect to the ESX server using the vSphere by providing the IP of the server and necessary credentials.
Picture 1: Login
- To upload the image in the datastore, do the following
- Select the summary tab in vSphere
- Right click datastore in which you want to upload the image, then select Browse Datastore
Picture 2: Browse Datastore
- In the datastore browser, click on the upload button, then select the upload folder
Picture 3: Upload folder
- Browse the uploaded folder , right click on the Virtual Machine file, and then select Add to the Inventory
- Give the name of the VM, Resource Pool and finish.
Picture 4: Add to inventory
- After the image is added to the inventory, do the following
- Right click the VM and then Edit Settings
- Adjust the Memory, CPU requirement according to the resource available and resource needed by the image
- In the Network Adaptor->Network Connection, use the VM Network. This sets up the VMware image in the bridge connection mode. The subnet of VMs should be connected to the network.
Picture 5: Edit Setting
- Right click the VM , then power->power on.
Picture 6: Power on
- If the image does not start right away, right click the VM ->guest->Answer question. Then answer the question whether the image has been moved or copied. This should start the VM.
Picture 7: Answer Question