Installing VMware vSphere 5.0 – Part 2

In this follow up to Part 1 I will take a look at configuring the network settings on the vSphere host.

Once you’re through with these instructions there’s no need to have it connected to a monitor or keyboard as you can use the VMware vSphere Client to administer the host remotely.

Turn on your host and wait for the hypervisor to load. How long this takes will depend on your hardware. (It takes a couple of minutes on my HP MicroServer N40L with only a dual core CPU.)

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Press F2 on your keyboard to get to the configuration pages of the host

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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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