Installing VMware vSphere 5.0 – Part 1

The instructions here are pretty straightforward so I’m going to keep it really simple.

Note: My first attempt was to use a Virtual Machine to boot off the ISO (without having to burn it to CD) but my installation hanged midway. I had to burn it to a CD in the end. Personally I installed my hypervisor on a USB drive using a different machine than my microserver since the server obviously doesn’t come with a CD drive.

Once you boot into the installation CD this is what the boot menu looks like.

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Launch the installer by hitting Enter

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Hit Enter to on the welcome screen to continue with the installation

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Press F11 on your keyboard to accept the licence agreement

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The installer will detect all drives connected to your machine, including USB drives. Choose your disk where you want to install your hypervisor from the list and hit Enter to continue.

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The installer will still warn you that there’s data on your destination drive even if you don’t have anything on your drive. If you’re sure the drive is empty then just can ignore this and hit Enter to continue.

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Choose your keyboard language and hit Enter to proceed

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Choose a strong password and hit Enter continue. It is highly recommended you do not leave this blank.

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Lastly hit F11 to start the installation on the confirmation screen

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The installation process shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes. In my case it took just under 5 minutes.

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When the installation is complete press Enter to reboot the machine. The DVD tray should eject at this point and you should remove the installation disk.

That’s all there is to it really.

If like me you’re installing the hypervisor on a USB using a machine other than your host then simply remove it and plug it into your host. In Part 2 I will cover how to configure the network settings on the ESXi host so we can use the VMware  client to administer the host remotely.

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