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

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


Selecting the Boot Media Option

You can start the software installation to a server by booting a local or remote installation media source. This section identifies the supported media sources and the setup requirements for each source.

Boot Media Options Requirements

This section describes the requirements for using local and remote media.

Local Boot Media Requirements

Local boot media requires a built-in storage device on the server, or an external storage device attached to the server. Supported OS local boot media sources can include CD/DVD-ROM installation media.

Remote Boot Media Requirements

Remote media requires you to boot the install over the network. You can start the network install from a redirected boot storage device or another networked system that exports the installation over the network using a Pre-Boot eXecution environment (PXE).

Supported OS remote boot media sources can include:

Set Up the Local Boot Media Option

To set up the local boot media, you must insert a storage device that contains the ESXi software installation media into the server using one of the following options:

  1. If the server is equipped with an optional DVD drive, insert the ESXi software installation DVD into the DVD drive located on the front of the server; otherwise, proceed to the next step.
  2. If your server does not contain a DVD drive, attach the appropriate storage device to the front or rear of the server.

    Note - For information about how to attach local devices to the server, see the Sun Server X2-4 Service Manual.

Set Up the Remote Boot Media Option

To redirect the boot media from a remote storage device, perform the following steps:

  1. Insert the boot media into the storage device, for example:
    • For CD/DVD-ROM, insert media into the built-in or external CD/DVD-ROM drive on a remote workstation.

    • For CD/DVD-ROM ISO image, ensure that the ISO image(s) are readily available on a network shared location.

  2. Establish a web-based client connection to the server Oracle ILOM SP and launch the Oracle ILOM Remote Console application.

    For more details, see the Setup Requirements for web-based client connection in Selecting the Console Display Option.

  3. In the Devices menu of the Oracle ILOM Remote Console application, specify the location of the boot media, for example:
    • For CD/DVD-ROM boot media, select CD-ROM.

    • For CD/DVD-ROM ISO image boot media, select CD-ROM Image.