Installing vSphere in VMware Workstation

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If you are new to VMware vSphere you are probably wondering how to practice or study those technologies with in budget. Answer is you can install vSphere in VMware Workstation 7 or 8 or 9. Installing vSphere in VMware workstation is easy. Before installing ESXi server you should understand the basic difference between vSphere components so that you won’t have any confusion. ESXi server is a type one hypervisor. This means that ESXi server, itself is an operating system. It doesn’t need any other host operating system to operate. ESXi server is installed on physical machine (Server) and is managed via vSphere client. It’s important to understand minimum hardware requirements for installing ESXi server.

Installing vSphere in VMware Workstation

Download and install VMware Workstation and VMware vSphere. You should have basic knowledge of VMware Workstation like creating virtual machine, creating teamcreating LAN connection and so on. Open VMware workstation application from desktop, click File in File Menu and select New Virtual Machine. A new wizard pops up.

Creating new virtual machine

Choose Custom (advanced) and click Next button. Choose the hardware compatibility as Workstation 9.0 and click Next button.

Installing vSphere in VMware Workstation

Choose the option Installer disc image file (iso) and browse the location of ESXi installer ISO image. Now click Next. Now type the name for virtual machine, click Next.

Selecting processor for new virtual machine

Choose the number of physical processor and core processor. Then click the Next button. Give the amount of RAM.

Memory for Virtual Machine

Here, select the amount of RAM you want to give to this virtual machine. In virtualization, more the memory, the better it is. I am giving 6GB of memory. Now click Next. Choose the Network Type.

Choose Network Type for VIrtual Machine

I will choose NAT since I will be using internet from the virtual machine. Now click the Next button. Here, you can select bridged networking option if you want the ESXi server to communicate with physical network directly. In select I/O Controller dialog box, choose the default SCSI controller and click Next button.

Select a Disk for Virtual Machine

In the select a disk dialog box, choose create a new virtual disk and click Next button. In disk type box, choose SCSI and click Next button.

Specify Virtual Disk Capacity

In Specify Disk Capacity box, give the disk size. I am giving 400GB. Then click the Next button. In Specify Disk File box, browse the location to store the disk file and click Next button. Review you configuration and click finish. The machine will power on and loads the installer file automatically. After the loading completes a box appears,

 Installing ESXi in Vmware Workstation

Press Enter button and press F11 key to accept the EULA agreement.

vCenter Disk

It will now ask for disk to install the server. Our disk is highlighted. Press Enter to continue. Then it will ask your keyboard layout. Choose the option you prefer and press Enter. Then it will ask to enter root password. Enter the password for root user account and press Enter.

ESXi Confirm Install

It will now ask for confirmation for installing the server. Press F11 to start the installation. Now the installation will start.

ESXi Installation

It will show the progress of the installation. After installation completes it will ask you to reboot the device.

Installation Complete

Hit Enter to reboot the device. After the reboot you will see the following screen.

Installing ESXi Server in VMware Workstation

You can now make some basic changes from this GUI Interface of ESXi server or you can use vSphere client to get access to the device to manage from client machine.

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