Hi. This is my first article regarding VMware software. I want to install ESXi 5.1 today, but before I could do that, I would need a valid Virtual Machine (physical server is the other option, but for this article, it is way too much better to use a virtual machine).
I will do that by using VMware Workstation (it is really easy to work with).
Creating a virtual machine for my ESXi 5.1 installation is just the first part of my future articles regarding VMware products and solutions.
After I install ESXi 5.1 and configure it properly, I will also install vCenter Server, so you will see how powerful and good VMware is.
OK, so lets start with Virtual Machine creation on VMware Workstation 10.
Here is how VMware Workstation looks:
Now lets create a VM which will host ESXi 5.1:
Under Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility, choose Workstation 10 (the default choice):
Under Guest Operating System section, you can choose either to point installer disk immediately, or to choose to install the guest OS later.
It is really your call, but I always choose to install OS later:
Under Select Guest OS, select VMware ESX, and leave the version 5 selected:
Under Name the Virtual Machine, enter your desired name for you VM. Bear in mind that it should be easy recognizable.
Next section is Processor Configuration. I would suggest to leave the default, as you can’t lower the number of processors. It is because ESXi 5.1 requires at least two CPUs, or one dual-core CPU.
Next section is Memory for the VM. The minimum requirements is 2GB, and that is enough for our installation.
Under Network Type, leave the defaults, as you see on the screenshot. We want to have an Internet connection, and also the connection to other VMs.
Under Select I/O Controller Types and also Select a Disk type, leave the defaults again, as those are the recommended options for our VM.
Under Select a Disk, you have few options. You will choose ‘Create a new virtual disk’, but you also have the second option ‘Use an existing virtual disk’. You could use this second option later if you want to use a previously configured disk (this happens when you delete a VM from a Workstation, but the virtual disk is still not yet deleted from your repository. You could just create a new VM, and when you come to this part, choose ‘Use and existing disk’ and VM will be already installed and ready to start.
Under Disk Capacity, leave the defaults.
Review the final page. You can customize the virtual hardware of your future VM.
And that is it. VM has been created and ready for guest OS installation. In the next article, I will actually load VMware ESXi 5.1 on top of this VM.