Installation of VMware ESX 6.5 u3 Server
What is Vmware Esx server
VMware ESX is an enterprise-level product developed by VMware Inc. that is used for server virtualization. It runs without requiring an existing operating system on the physical machine. VMware ESX is embedded hypervisor software and is available in two versions: ESX Server and ESXi Server. VMware ESX and ESXi can be installed as part of the VMware infrastructure to allow centralized administration of enterprise desktops and data center applications.
VMware ESX’s key benefits include:
- A reduction in cooling and power costs
- A reduction in a company’s overall hardware footprints in its data centers
- High-level performance
- A secure and reliable server virtualization environment
To install or upgrade ESXi, your hardware and system resources must meet the following requirements:
- Supported server platform . For a list of supported platforms, see the VMware Compatibility Guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
- ESXi 6.5 requires a host machine with at least two CPU cores.
- ESXi 6.5 supports 64-bit x86 processors released after September 2006. This includes a broad range of multi-core processors. For a complete list of supported processors, see the VMware compatibility guide at ttp://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
- ESXi 6.5 requires the NX/XD bit to be enabled for the CPU in the BIOS.ESXi 6.5 requires a minimum of 4GB of physical RAM. It is recommended to provide at least 8 GB of RAM to run virtual machines in typical production environments
- To support 64-bit virtual machines, support for hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD RVI) must be enabled on x64 CPUs
- One or more Gigabit or faster Ethernet controllers. For a list of supported network adapter models, see the VMware Compatibility Guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.SCSI disk or a local, non-network, RAID LUN with unpartitioned space for the virtual machines.
- For Serial ATA (SATA), a disk connected through supported SAS controllers or supported on-board SATA controllers. SATA disks will be considered remote, not local. These disks will not be used as a scratch partition by default because they are seen as remote
Lets begin with the installation…
I am installing my lab on a HP DL360e Gen8 Server, and using ILO remote console for installation. You can burn the ISO in to USB/DVD Rom. And boot it from there. I am booting the server from Network (NIC).
Once you boot up from USB/DVD or from network, Press enter to run standard installer.
Installation is pretty simple, just follow the instructions on the screen
Make sure you have downloaded and using customized ISOs from wmware.com as each brand has included their own server drivers in the ISO. Of course you can manually download the driver and patch it in to raw ESX iso. I usually use ESX customizer for that
Hpvsa Module is that HPE Dynamic Smart Array Controller Driver for VMware vSphere 6.5 which already was included in Customized Iso.