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Sun Server X2-4 (formerly Sun Fire X4470 M2)

Installation Guide for VMware ESXi

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Document Information

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 Task Map

The following table describes the steps for installing the VMware ESXi software.

Install your server hardware and configure the Oracle ILOM service processor.
  • Sun Server X2-4 Installation Guide
Obtain the VMware ESXi installation media and documentation. The documentation should be used in conjunction with the install procedures and post install procedures referenced below in Step 7.
  • The VMware ESXi release notes can be found at:

    Select a version of VMware ESXi in the Support Resources column to navigate to the release notes.

Review the server product notes.
Sun Server X2-4 Product Notes at:
Set up the console, the media, and the installation target that you will use to perform the installation.
Verify BIOS settings for new VMware ESXi installations.
Install the VMware ESXi software.
Perform the post installation tasks, if applicable.