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HOW TO: Create your first Linux Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) Host Server

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
EE Fellow, 2xMVE, Expert of the Year 2017-2011, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2018-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert Pro, vExpert 2020-2011
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Create your first Linux Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) Host Server. The Linux Distribution we will install is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Server Edition.

For more guidance and a step by step tutorial with screenshots, which supports this video, please see the following article which this video is based on HOW TO: Create your first Linux Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) Host Server

This was the original article I wrote over 10 years ago, and I reference it in the video.

HOW TO: Tutorial Video - Install VMware Tools for Linux on a VMware Linux virtual machine

Video Steps

1. Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) or vSphere vCenter Server using the VMware Host or vSphere Web Client.

Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0). Please see this video.

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0U2 (ESXi 7.0.2) using the vSphere (HTML5 Web) Host Client 7.0

2. Upload the Windows operating system ISO image file to the VMFS datastore.

Upload the ISO image to the VMFS datastore. Please see this video.
HOW TO: Upload an ISO image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) using the vSphere Host Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

3. Creating the Windows Virtual Machine.

Select New Virtual machine and follow the wizard, selecting the components required.

4. Installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Server Operating System in the Virtual Machine.

Once the operating system has booted from the ISO media, follow the operating system instructions to install the OS.
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