Installing ESXi (7.0)

This guide will cover how to install VMware ESXi 7.0.3. We'll start off by covering ways to get the installation media for ESXi, then we'll cover what the install screens look like, and we will end with how to set a static IP address on your new ESXi host.

Prerequisites

Older versions of ESXi like 6.7 have smaller storage requirements.

You can get the full list of requirements from VMware's website https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/com.vmware.esxi.install.doc/GUID-DEB8086A-306B-4239-BF76-E354679202FC.html


How to Get ESXi Installation Media/Licensing

Getting Installation Media

Getting Licensing

By default, ESXi comes with a 60-day evaluation period. You could buy a license for VMware, but if you're just setting up a host for your lab it could be expensive. One way to get legit evaluation licensing is to sign up for a VMUG Advantage Membership.  The membership is currently $200/year and provides a ton of benefits and over licensing and installation media for over 15 VMware products.

https://my.vmug.com/joinapi__membershiplist?id=a204x000000toAZAAY&order=2

*We're not sponsored by VMUG.


Getting Started

1. Create Bootable Flash Drive

If you need help creating a bootable flash drive, please refer to the page linked below, or watch the attached video.

https://kb.confusedit.org/books/windows/page/how-to-make-a-bootable-usb-flash-drive-from-an-iso

2. Connect Devices

Plug in your bootable flash drive containing the ESXi install media. Also connect the storage that is going to contain the ESXi OS.

3. Boot to Installation Media

Make sure the computer/server you're installing ESXi onto is booting up using the USB drive with the ESXi installer on it.


ESXi Installer

  1. The first screen will be this boot screen, you can chose to hit Enter or wait.

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  2. You'll then see this screen.

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  3. And then this one (it's normal for it to seem frozen on certain steps, it can take a while to boot).

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  4. Press Enter to continue.

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  5. Press F11 to agree to the EULA and continue.

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  6. You'll then see this screen for a few moments.