01: Installing ESXi

Pretending that we have four Dell servers: from the front panel configure the IP address of the DRAC card away from the default 192.168.0.120.

  • IP address: 10.0.0.3, 10.0.0.4, 10.0.0.5 and 10.0.0.6
  • Netmask: 255.255.0.0
  • Gateway: 10.0.0.1

From the admin PC install Firefox and set it as the default web browser and then connect to the first host via the web browser using the URL http://10.0.0.3

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Login with

  • Username: root
  • Password: calvin

Open the Virtual Console

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Using the Virtual Console Viewer map the ISO image file for the ESXi installer to the machine and power on

After a while the system will boot from the ISO and you will be at a screen like this

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Press Enter to continue

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Press F11 to accept the EULA

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Select the 2GB SD card (shown above a a 2GB virtual disk!)

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Choose the keyboard layout that you want

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Enter an admin password.  Try to have upper and local case, numbers and symbols as this means that you can have the same password for your VMware domain

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F11 to install

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Enter to reboot.

After the reboot you’ll see this screen

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Press F2 to begin the login process

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At the customization screen

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Choose Configure Management Network

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Select IPv4 Configuration

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DNS Configuration

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And Custom DNS Suffix

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Apply the changes

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Back to the home screen

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Repeat on the remain three servers so we will have:

  • ESXi01 10.0.1.1/16
  • ESXi02 10.0.1.2/16
  • ESXi03 10.0.1.3/16
  • ESXi04 10.0.1.4/16