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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


Setting Up BIOS

Before you install the VMware ESXi software, you should ensure that BIOS settings are configured to support the type of installation you plan to perform. The following section provides specific instructions on how to configure BIOS to support the installation:

Verify the BIOS Factory Defaults

Note - If the server is newly installed and this is the first time that an operating system has been installed, then BIOS is probably configured to its default settings and you do not have to perform this task.

In the BIOS Setup Utility, you can set defaults, as well as view and edit BIOS settings as needed. Any changes you make in the BIOS Setup Utility (through F2) are permanent until the next time you change them.

In addition to using F2 to view or edit the system's BIOS settings, you can use F8 during the BIOS start-up to specify a temporary boot device. If you use F8 to set a temporary boot device, this change is only in effect for the current system boot. The permanent boot device specified through F2 will be in effect after booting from the temporary boot device.

Before You Begin

Ensure that the following requirements are met:

  1. 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, click Host Management > Power Control, and then select Reset from the Select Action drop-down list.
    • From the Oracle ILOM CLI, type the following command from the prompt:

      -> reset /System

    The BIOS screen appears.

    image:Graphic showing BIOS Screen.
  2. When prompted in the BIOS screen, press F2 to access the BIOS Setup Utility.

    After a few moments, the BIOS Setup Utility appears.

  3. To ensure that the factory defaults are set, do the following:
    1. Press F9 to automatically load the factory default settings.

      A message appears prompting you to continue this operation by selecting OK or to cancel this operation by selecting CANCEL.

    2. In the message, highlight OK and then press Enter.

      The BIOS Setup Utility screen appears with the cursor highlighting the first value in the system time field.

  4. In the BIOS Setup Utility, do the following to edit the values associated with the system time or date.
    1. Highlight the values you want to change.

      Use the up or down arrow key to change between the system time and date selection.

    2. To change the values in the highlighted fields use these keys:
      • PLUS (+) to increment the current value shown
      • MINUS (-) to decrement the current value shown
      • ENTER to move the cursor to the next value field
  5. To access the boot settings, select the Boot menu.

    The Boot menu appears.

  6. In the Boot menu, use the down arrow key to select Boot Device Priority, and then press Enter.

    The Boot Device Priority list appears showing the order of the known bootable devices. The first device in the list has the highest boot priority.

  7. In the Boot Device Priority menu, do the following to edit the first boot device entry in the list:
    1. Use the up or down arrow key to select the first entry in the list, and then press Enter.
    2. In the Options menu, use the up or down arrow key to select the default permanent boot device, and then press Enter.

      Note - You can change the boot order for other devices in the list by repeating Steps 7a and 7b for each device entry you want to change.

  8. To save changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility, press F10.

    Alternatively, you can save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility by selecting Save and Reset in the Save & Exit menu. A message appears prompting you to save changes and exit the utility. In the message dialog, select OK, and then press Enter.

    Note - When using the Oracle ILOM Remote Console, F10 is trapped by the local OS. You must use the F10 option listed in the Keyboard drop-down list that is available at the top of the Remote Console application.