Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My First VMware ESXi 5 and vSphere Client Installation Experiment

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Today I installed VMware ESXi 5 and vSphere client for the first time. No server hardware is required to install and configure VMware ESXi. Here is how did I do it.

  • My laptop with Core i3 processor and 3 GB RAM
  • VMware Workstation 8 Installed on the laptop
  • VMware ESXi 5 installable ISO file downloaded from here.

  • Create a Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation 8 with minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Select host only network for the VM
  • Map the ESXi 5 image to the CD drive of VM and install ESXi 5
  • Installation will take approximately 20 minutes to complete
  • Once installation and reboot completed, you can download vSphere client to manage the VMware ESXi
  • Open your browser on your desktop, and open the link [This is your ESXi server IP address]
  • You will get an option to download and install VMware vSphere client.
  • Download vSphere client and install the same
  • Open the vSphere client from your desktop and connect to the ESXi 5 server using its IP address
  • The user name will be ROOT and password will be the one that you have applied at the time of ESXi installation
That’s it! VMware ESXi 5 management console is loaded for you. You can create and manage VMs from here. There are various tabs such as Getting Started, Summary, Virtual Machines, Resource Allocation, Performance, Configuration etc in the management console. 

But ESXi and vSphere client you have installed is evaluation version and can be used for 60 days.

Here are few screenshots of VMware ESXi 5 and vSphere client installation:


ESXi 5 installation starts on VMware Workstation 8 Virtual Machine.


Loading VMware ESXi 5.


Accessing VMware ESXi 5 from your client computer. You can download vSphere client from here.


Accessing ESXi 5 Hypervisor Server throught VMware vSphere client.

VMware ESXi 5 management console is loaded now!


This installation is just to have a look and feel of VMware ESXi hypervisor. ESXi is meant for installing on a server hardware to enable 'bare-metal virtualization' with high availability and performance. Installing VMware ESXi on a physical machine rather than a VM is highly recommended for better user experience.

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