Ensure that the following requirements are met:
If you want to configure RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) on the server's storage drives, you must do so before you install VMware ESXi. For instructions for configuring RAID, see the Installation, Configuring Server Drives for OS Installation.
Note - If the server is equipped with the Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe RAID, Internal HBA (SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z), you must create a RAID volume and make it bootable before installing VMware ESXi; otherwise, the HBA will not be able to identify the server's storage drives.
The console display options should have been selected and set up prior to performing the installation. For more information about this option and setup instructions, see Selecting the Console Display Option.
The boot media option should have been selected and set up prior to performing the installation. For more information about this option and setup instructions, see Selecting the Boot Media Option.
The installation target option should have been selected and set up prior to performing the installation. For more information about this option and setup instructions, see Selecting the Installation Target Option.
Verify that the BIOS settings are set to the defaults. For instructions on how to verify and, if necessary, set the BIOS settings, see Verify the BIOS Factory Defaults.
Configure the VMware ESXi software or the server hardware to support network connections. For instructions, see Configuring the VMware ESXi 5.0 Software or the Server Hardware to Support Network Connections.
For local installation, have the ESXi installation media available to insert into the attached physical CD/DVD-ROM drive when prompted.
For remote installation, insert the ESXi installation media into the Oracle ILOM Remote Console system's CD/DVD-ROM drive. Ensure that you have selected CD-ROM from the Oracle ILOM Remote Console system's Devices menu.
If you are using an ESXi image, ensure that the ESXi ISO image is accessible from the Oracle ILOM Remote Console system. Ensure that you have selected CD-ROM Image from the Oracle ILOM Remote Console system's Devices menu.
For VMware ESXi installations, determine the network management interface you will use for the VM service console.
The VM service console and management interface require a network interface. The service console does not automatically use the first interface with a live connection. Therefore, you will need to select a network interface for the service console during installation since the network interface defaults to vmnic0.
Gather the VMware ESXi documentation so that you can use it in conjunction with the instructions provided in this section. VMware ESXi documentation is available at: http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html