How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7

If you have not heard yet, and if you are in to virtualization I am sure you already have, VMware released its next version of vSphere which is version 6.7. You can read about all the new features at the VMware vSphere Blog, I am not going to rehash what everyone else is saying. No sense in repeating easily Googled information. What I like to do is show you all how to install ESXi 6.7 on a "bare metal" server. I use the term "bare metal" lightly as I did this in VMware Workstation 14 with minimal specs just to show the process. Without further ado, here we go.

When you boot up the server with the "DVD" you will see a few screens that look like the following.

ESXi-6.7.0-8169922-standard Boot Menu Loading ESXi Installer Loading More Installer Files Looking Fancy

Once the installer loads up all the files you will be presented with the following screen and you will need to press the F11 key to continue.

End User License Agreement

You will see it begine scanning your hardware.

Scanning Hardware

Once the scan is complete you should be shown a list of available hard drives to install on. Pick the drive you want and hit the Enter key to continue.

Select a Disk

Choose your keyboard layout and hit the Enter key to continue.

Select a Keyboard Layout

Type in the root account password and hit the Enter key to continue.

Root Password

Here is where the fun begins. Hit the F11 key to install this glorious hypervisor.

Confirm the Installation

Your excitement will grow as you watch the progress bar advance, trust me.

Finally Installing

Whew! Finally done and we can now hit the Enter key to reboot the server.

Installation Complete

Once the server reboots and all is said and done you will be presented with the very familiar ESXI screen that shows the IP address of the server.

ESXi Login Screen

If you ppress the F2 key you will be given a login box where you will need to enter in that root password you setup a while ago. Press Enter to continue.

Authentication Required

Here is your standard configuration screen which has not changed one lick. Gotta hand it to VMware for not changing things up and aggravating SysAdmins.

System Customization

You can also do some configuration from a very handy HTML5 web interface by opening up your browser of choice and putting in http://ip.of.your.server

Web Interface

Put in the root username and password and login to the wonderful HTML5 interface

HTML5 Interface

The interface is quite responsive, seems even more snappy than the 6.5 version but that could just be me. If you would like to get yourself a copy of all the new 6.7 bits you can always download it as a trial from VMware here. And yes, you do need a VMware account but luckily you can create one for free.

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Jason Robinson

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