In the last blog post we’ve installed VMware Workstation. Now we’ll install VMware ESXi within workstation.

Make sure you’ve downloaded the ESXi ISO file HERE

If you’re done downloading lets jump right into installing:

Open Workstation and go to File –> New –> Virtual Machine the next screen will show:

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Choose Custom and click next. The following screen will show:

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Make sure Workstation 6.5-7.x is selected and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Choose “Installer disc image file (iso):” and browse to the downloaded ISO file and select it. Click Next and the following screen will show:

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Make sure VMware ESX –> ESX Server 4 and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Provide a name and location for the Virtual Machine and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Select the right processor configuration and click Next (Most of the time default is OK). The following screen will show:

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Select the amount of memory available for the Virtual Machine and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Choose the network connection you want to use and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Select the I/O comtroller you want to use (in most cases the recommended) and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Select a Disk (Create a new virtual disk) and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Select the Virtual disk type (SCSI) and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Specify Disk Capacity and Click Next. The following screen will show:

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Specify the Disk File and click Next. The following screen will show:

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Check the Virtual Machine settings and click Finish. The following screen will show:

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Click with the mouse in the VM Screen an press Enter. The following screen will show:

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Press Enter to Install. The following screen will show:

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Press F11 to Accept and Continue. The following screen will show:

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Press Enter to Continue. The following screen will show:

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Press F11 to Install. The following screen will show:

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After Install The following screen will show:

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Press Enter to Reboot. After Reboot the following screen will show:

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Press F2 to customize the system. The following screen will show:

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The default Root password is blank, so just press enter. The following screen will show:

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Press Enter to configure a new Root Password. The following screen will show:

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Put the new Password in twice, and press enter. The following screen will show:

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Select Configure Management Network and press Enter. The following screen will show:

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Go to IP Configuration and press Enter. The following screen will show:

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Input the right IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway and press Enter. Select DNS config and press Enter the following screen will show:

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Put in the right DNS Settings and press enter and then Esc. to exit the Configure Management Network settings. The following screen will show:

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Press Y (Yes) to confirm. The following screen will show:

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Open a webbrowser and surf to the provided site http://entered-ip-address(DNS). The following screen will show:

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Press Continue to this website (not recommended). The following screen will show:

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Click Download the vSphere Client and install the client. After install the following screen will show:

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Put in the settings just set for the ESXi server and Login. The following screen will show:

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Check the Install this certificate… box and press Ignore. The following screen will show:

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Congratulations your done installing ESXi. Here –>ESXi Install Guide (PDF) is the guide for download

Be sure to look at the documentation provided by VMware..