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HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 8.0  (ESXi 8.0 IA)

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
EE Fellow, MVE, Expert of the Year 2021,2017-11, Scribe 2016-2012, Author of the Year 2018-6,2013-2012 VMware vExpert Pro, vExpert 2022-2011
This video will show you how to  Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 8.0  (ESXi 8.0 IA) using an ISO which has been written to a USB flash drive. In this tutorial, the version of ESXi 8.0 IA installed.

VMware has removed many older legacy processors (CPUs) from ESXi 8.0, and also storage and network controllers. Please check the VMware Hardware Compatibility Lists (HCL) here.

It is not recommended to install ESXi 8.0 on USB or SD cards because of higher write I/O, and the SD cards are currently suffering because they are not higher endurance. Problems have been found in the wild.

It is technically still supported; eventually, this may filter down through the server vendors...

Some additional information regarding the use of USB and SD cards with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 (ESXi 7.0) and installations.

Installing ESXi on a supported USB flash drive or SD flash card (2004784)

vSphere 7 – ESXi System Storage Changes

VMware vSphere 7.x on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers Getting Started Guide

Virtual SAN Considerations When Booting from a Flash Device

VMFS-L Locker partition corruption on SD cards in ESXi 7.0 (83376)

Updated Plan for CPU Support Discontinuation In Future Major vSphere Releases (82794)

If installing ESXi 8.0 on unsupported processors, you may need to use AllowLegacyCPU=true after pressing Shift-O at ESXi Hypervisor BOOT.

Video Steps

1. Download ESXi 8.0 ISO image (Includes VMware Tools) from VMware.

Download ESXi 8.0 from VMware. Pay close attention if you require a Custom Image or OEM version for your vendor server.

2. Write the ISO to a USB flash drive.

Using RuFus create a USB flash drive to BOOT the server.

3. Power ON or REBOOT the Server.

Power on the server, not forgetting to select the USB BOOT source.

4. At the Welcome to the VMware ESXi 8.0 Installation

Select Install and follow the prompts.

5. Select Install

Select the Installation option.

6. Reboot the server.

At the end of the installation select reboot, to reboot the server

7. Check ESXi 8.0 has been installed.

Check ESXi 8.0 IA has been installed, login to the Host Client, and check the build version.
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