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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

Local Boot Media Requirements

Remote Boot Media 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


VMware ESXi Installation Options

The table below provides some information about single server installation options.

Single server
Install ESXi software to a single server using one of the following methods:
  • Locally: ESXi installation is performed locally at the server. This option is recommended if you have just completed the physical installation of the server in the rack.

  • Remotely: ESXi installation is performed from a remote location. The Oracle ILOM Remote Console application is used to perform a manual ESXi installation.

Single-Server Installation Methods

Select a method for providing the ESXi installation media. Use the following information to determine whether local or remote ESXi installation best serves your needs.

Media Delivery Method
Additional Requirements
Local using a CD/DVD drive – Uses a physical CD/DVD drive connected to the server.
A monitor, USB keyboard and mouse, a USB CD/DVD drive, and ESXi distribution media. For local installations, you deliver the installation media using a local CD/DVD drive attached directly to the server.
Remote using a redirected CD/DVD drive or ISO image – Uses a redirected physical CD/DVD drive or CD/DVD ISO image on a remote system running the Oracle ILOM Remote Console application.
A remote system with a browser, an attached physical CD/DVD drive, ESXi distribution media, and network access to the server's management port. For remote installations, you deliver the installation media by means of the remote CD/DVD USB device, or CD/DVD image.