Best link to download the free version of the VMware 6.5x ESXi software for the above server.

HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 4116 1P 16GB-R P408i-a 8SFF 2x800W RPS Server - with a HPE MicroSD Card installed inside server.

Best link to download the free version of the VMware 6.5x ESXi software for the above server.

I want to create both WS2016 IIS & RDS VMs

I found these links, Please advise:

http://h17007.www1.hpe.com/us/en/enterprise/servers/supportmatrix/vmware.aspx

https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=1010289682&swItemId=MTX_dd50ed5479174d4a9576e83133&swEnvOid=4184
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try using VMware.com

https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi6

I would view this as the best source for ESXi
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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
Will this site include all the latest drivers for the ML350 G10 P408i-a server?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is new so most likely but you can get host drivers from the site if needed. It is the best source so use that
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Contact VMware Support and ask for the drivers
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have a HPE server, Download the OEM HPE ESXi 6.5 from HPE.

There is no need to Ask VMware Support for drives, ALL the drivers for your HPE server are included in the OEM version for you to install!

ESXi is not WINDOZE!

Do not use the Vanilla version of ESXi 6.5.

follow these links....

https://www.hpe.com/uk/en/servers/hpe-esxi.html

Your Download is here - Download HPE Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U1 Install CD

and here are some EE Tutorials, I've written step by step instructions to install ESXi 6.5

Part 1:  HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) using the vSphere (HTML5 Web) Host Client 6.5
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I keep forgetting HP is different (so we never buy from them )
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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
The Dell version is customized too John, how else could you monitor the host hardware?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We use only Lenovo Servers and do not have these issues.
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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
So you just bang on the generic version rather than using "Lenovo VMware Customized Image Reference Guide" ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The servers I use have vanilla devices and drivers so yes.
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Nick AccadSystems AdministratorCommented:
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_5#custom_iso

You will need to create an account to get the 1-year license key and access the ISO

Accounts are free

Good luck.
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Looks like they have cut it back to 60 days. Is this correct?

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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
After looking closer at Andrew Hancock installation notes, I found the following:
It doesn't appear to have an expiration

VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5
Download Center
This download center features technical documentation and installation guides to make your use of vSphere Hypervisor a success.

Top vSphere Hypervisor Resources
VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6 License - license key
VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5.0a - Binaries
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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
So, will I be able to use the above license key with the HPE Custom Image for VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 Installation iso?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So, will I be able to use the above license key with the HPE Custom Image for VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 Installation iso?

YES

You can EVALUATE ALL VMware Products for 60 days, You do not have to install any KEY for this!

If you apply a License Key, which has been issued to you for FREE, the EVALUATION period is over and stops, and you are registered with what ever license you have.

There is only a FREE license for ESXi, not vCenter Server!

License Keys are perpetual.
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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
I found the download at the bottom of this this web page.
Download Free Products
Save money by virtualizing servers with the industry’s best hypervisor. Safely try new software in isolated virtual machines on your PC. And quickly convert physical to virtual machines—all for free.

https://www.vmware.com/try-vmware.html
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What filename is your download, because it's probably not the correct software for your server ?

your filename should be

VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-Update1-7388607-HPE-650.U1.10.2.0.23-Feb2018.iso


from here

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=OEM-ESXI65U1-HPE&productId=614

any other download is incorrect and wrong, and not correct for your HPE server!

Make sure you start off with the correct software, because it's not easy to fix in the future, e.g. requires a re-install, so best to start with correct download and installation!
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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, that is the one I download and burned to a CD from your original comment.

Can I create a boot-able USB chip with this ISO image on it? The first CD I burned as you suggest was corrupt or burned incorrectly.

 VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-Update1-7388607-HPE-650.U1.10.2.0.23-Feb2018.iso
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can create a USB flash drive which is bootable to install using third party utilities, but that method is not supported by VMware.

But that is beyond the scope of this question on how to do it!
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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
I found your other option for installing without CDROM drive.

If you are using remote server utilities, e.g. HP iLo or Dell iDRAC,. you can attach the virtual CDROM drive in the server to the VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-4564106.x86_64.iso ISO, so there is no requirement to write a CDROM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have iLo yes! however, do not use - VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-4564106.x86_64.iso !
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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
I burned the second CD at 8x instead of 48x and it is working correctly. Thanks.
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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
If you're using the HPE version you can use Intelligent Provisioning to install it.
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UtahTNAuthor Commented:
Using the Intelligent Provisioning to load the VWmare iso worked better than trying to boot from the CD. After using Int-Pro the computer restarted and booted to the ESXi installation menu.

Thanks Handy Holder.
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