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i have purchased a new VMware Vsphere essentials kit today. lots to download. any one have an easy installation guide ? do i need ms server os first, then which do in instal?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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No you do not need a Microsoft Windows Server first....

start with these:-

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots


Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

Part 3: HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 6: HOW TO: Create your first Linux Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 7: HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 8: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 9: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Linux on a VMware Linux virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

Part 11: HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues System logs on host are stored on non-persistent storage

Part 12: HOW TO: Configure and Replace the SSL Certificate on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server


and then.....when you have created your first virtual Windows Server, you can move onto installing VMware vSphere vCenter Server (if you want to!). Depends if you have more than one single ESXi server.

then follow Derek's Guide to install vCenter Server...

http://www.derekseaman.com/2013/10/vsphere-5-5-install-pt-1-introduction.html

if you have any questions, please ask
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Hi Andrew,

thnx for the detailed reply. I will definitely go through the guide step by step.

I did research since my posting, and tried many times to instal esxi from cd.

Unfortunately, it refuses to instal. I recall reading from web somewhere about bios setting on asus motherboard Z87m-plus ; but cant seem to find it again. i have also checked out your step 1 - on bios, but cant seem to make it work. I have missed some setting.

The cd rom is confirmed usable.

Am kinda frustrated.

do you happen to have a detailed step by step guide on bios, if on asus uefi bios utility, it would be fantastic......

rgds,

richard
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The first thing you must check, when installing VMware vSphere (ESXi), is if your server is on the HCL. As you do not mention a server name, it suggests you are trying to install, on what we call a "whitebox", which just may not be compatible.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

Whitebox HCL


The Whitebox Hardware Compatability Lists is a list put together by the community that have had success with whitebox servers, e.g. unbranded or homebrew, DIY servers, which have been found to work with VMware Products.

http://www.vm-help.com//esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php

VMware Communities

This list is maintained and put together by members of the VMware community forum, that have had success in building whitebox servers.

http://communities.vmware.com/cshwsw.jspa
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Hi Andrew,

thnx for the quick reply.

I bought the 3 yr vm essentials kits for usd 666 specifically to research the power of vm sphere.

component used :
iNTEL I5-4440
asus z87m-plus mother board   ( too new - the above links provided pointed to older (free) versions of esxi4. Couldn't find a related link to esxi5.o HCL )
2 x 8 gig ram, 2 x 2 TB Seagate barracuda sata hdd
external usb plug in archgan dvd RW

I managed to find unetbootin usb installer, and it appears to be loading now. hit a no network adapters error. will continue to work on it using your guide above.

rgds,
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I provided the other links above, in addition to the HCL, because it's likely that any storage controller or network controller, that worked with ESXi 4.x, will work with ESXi 5.x.

Unfortunately, many of the VMware community, have moved away from using "home-built whiteboxes", since the inception of 5.x, and are now using Certified servers on the HCL, or using servers which are known to work with 5.x, e.g. HP ProLiant MicroServer. Servers that have been known to work with ESXi 5.x, are usually published in the VMware Community circles.

Also, some have also decided to create virtual labs, using VMware Workstation 10, which supports ESXi 5.x, to great effect, on modern desktops, with i5 or i7s, and lots of memory.

Building Whiteboxes, is risky, and often the cost of building and testing a whitebox, is more than purchasing a commerical server.

VMware has the main HCL, if you server is not on it, you have a whitebox.

ESXi 5.5 is a Commercial Enterprise Hypervisor for it to install correctly, you are advised to purchase a server from the HCL.

If you storage controllers and network controllers are not recognized, Intel or Broadcom adapters are supported.

I would recommend this adapter

 Intel Gigabit CT Desktop adapter it works for ESXi.

http://www.servethehome.com/intel-gigabit-ct-desktop-adapter-linux-esxi-windows-hyperv-solaris-open-indiana/
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Andrew,

thanks for the above very critical pieces of information.

I should not have assumed that it was moderate easy to instal.....

was at shops, no one sells the intel nics. I have purchased it on amazon, and it should be here in 5-10 days in Malaysia.

will continue to plug along, but will specifically look at HCL here on in.

cheers n many thnx for the info.

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