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Installation Guide for VMware ESXi

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Using This Documentation

1.  About VMware ESXi Installs

VMware ESXi Installation Task Map

Supported VMware ESXi Software

Selecting the Console Display Option

Console Display Options

Set Up the Local Console

Set Up the Remote Console

Selecting the Boot Media Option

Boot Media Options Requirements

Set Up the Local Boot Media Option

Set Up the Remote Boot Media Option

Selecting the Installation Target Option

Installation Target Options

Set Up a Local Storage Drive (HDD or SSD) as the Installation Target

Set Up a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network Device as the Installation Target

VMware ESXi Installation Options

Single-Server Installation Methods

2.  Preparing to Install VMware ESXi

Setting Up BIOS

Verify the BIOS Factory Defaults

Configuring RAID

3.  Installing VMware ESXi

Before You Begin

Installing VMware ESXi on a Single System Using Media

Install VMware ESXi Using Local or Remote Media

4.  Post Installation Tasks for VMware ESXi

Configuring Network Adapter Settings

Configure Network Adapter Settings

Determining the MAC Address of a Connected Server Network Port

Determine the MAC Address of a Connected Server Network Port

Updating the VMware ESXi Software

VMware ESXi Resources

5.  Configuring Network Interfaces

NIC Connectors

6.  Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Download Firmware and Software Using My Oracle Support

Requesting Physical Media

Gathering Information for the Physical Media Request

Installing Updates Using Other Methods


Installing VMware ESXi on a Single System Using Media

This section provides information about installing VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 1, 4.1 Update 2, 5.0, 5.0 Update 1, and 5.1 for x86 (64-bit) software.

Install VMware ESXi Using Local or Remote Media

The following procedure describes how to install the VMware ESXi software from local or remote media. It assumes that you are booting the VMware installation media from one of the following sources:

Note - The VMware ISO image can be used for remote installations or for creating an installation CD or DVD.

  1. Ensure that the install media is available to boot.
    • For Distribution CD/DVD. Insert the VMware ESXi Distribution media boot disc (CD labeled number 1 or the single DVD) into the local or external CD/DVD-ROM drive.
    • For ISO images. Ensure that the ISO images are available and that the boot disc image (CD labeled number 1 or DVD) has been selected in the Oracle ILOM Remote Console application (Devices menu > CD-ROM Image).

    For additional information about how to set up the installation media, see Selecting the Boot Media Option.

  2. Reset or power on the server.

    For example, to reset the server:

    • From the local server, press the Power button (approximately 1 second) on the front panel of the server to power off the server, and then press the Power button again to power on the server.
    • From the Oracle ILOM web interface, select Host Management > Power Control, and then select Reset from the Select Action drop-down list.
    • From the Oracle ILOM CLI, type: reset /System

      The BIOS screen appears.

    image:Graphic showing BIOS Screen.

    Note - The next events occur very quickly; therefore, focused attention is needed for the following steps. Watch carefully for these messages as they appear on the screen for a brief time.

  3. In the BIOS screen, press F8 to specify a temporary boot device for the VMware ESXi installation.

    The Please Select Boot Device menu appears.

  4. In the Boot Device menu, select either the external or virtual CD/DVD device as the first boot device, and then press Enter.

    The device strings listed in the Boot Device menu are in the following format: device type, slot indicator, and product ID string.

    After a few seconds, the splash screen for the VMware installation program appears.

  5. To complete the installation, refer to the VMware ESXi installation documentation.

    VMware ESXi 5 documentation is available at VMware ESXi 4 documentation is available at

  6. When the following screen appears, select the storage drive on which to install the VMware ESXi software.
    image:A screen that shows the ESXi installation targets.
  7. After completing the VMware ESXi installation, proceed to Chapter 4, Post Installation Tasks for VMware ESXi.