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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

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


Configuring Network Adapter Settings

Note - This task is necessary only if you are using static IP addressing. If you are using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), this task is not necessary.

The following procedure describes how to configure the VMware ESXi settings for the network adapter(s) installed on your server. These instructions also include steps for discovering the physical port location of each network adapter installed on your server.

Configure Network Adapter Settings

Before You Begin

Note - The screens on your system might differ from the ones shown in this procedure if you installed a different version of VMware ESXi.

  1. After completing the VMware ESXi software installation and rebooting the server, the following screen appears:
    image:ESXi Network Adapter Configuration
  2. To select Customize System/View Logs, press F2.
  3. Log in to the VMware ESXi Server.
  4. Access the System Customization dialog and select Configure Management Network.
    image:ESXi Network Adapter Configuration
  5. To complete this task, refer to the VMware ESXi documentation.

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