vSphere 8 , ESXi 8.0 Installation and Configuration , Install VMware ESXi 8.0

1. Prepare for Installation:

  • Download the VMware ESXi 8.0 ISO from the VMware website.
  • Create a bootable USB drive using software like Rufus (for Windows) or Etcher (for macOS and Linux).
  • Insert the USB drive into the server where you want to install ESXi.

2. Boot from the Installation Media:

  • Power on the server and access the BIOS or UEFI firmware settings.
  • Configure the boot order to boot from the USB drive first.
  • Save the changes and exit the BIOS/UEFI settings.

3. Install VMware ESXi:

  • The ESXi installer should load. Press Enter to begin the installation process.
  • Read and accept the End User License Agreement (EULA) by pressing F11.
  • Select the disk or storage device where you want to install ESXi and press Enter.
  • Select the keyboard layout and press Enter.
  • Enter a root password for the ESXi host and press Enter.
  • Press F11 to confirm the installation.
  • Wait for the installation to complete. Once done, remove the installation media and reboot the server.

4. Configure Networking:

  • After rebooting, the ESXi host will boot up, and you’ll be prompted to configure networking.
  • Use the arrow keys to navigate to “Configure Management Network” and press Enter.
  • Set the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS servers for the ESXi host.

5. Access ESXi Host via Web Client:

  • Open a web browser on a computer connected to the same network as the ESXi host.
  • Enter the IP address of the ESXi host in the address bar.
  • Log in using the username “root” and the password you set during installation.

6. (Optional) Configure Additional Settings:

  • In the vSphere Client, you can configure additional settings such as adding a license key, configuring storage, creating virtual machines, and managing networking.

7. Install VMware Tools (Optional):

  • In the vSphere Client, right-click on the virtual machine and select “Guest OS” > “Install VMware Tools” to install the VMware Tools package on the virtual machine for better performance and management.

By following these steps, you can install and configure VMware ESXi 8.0 on a server and start using it to host virtual machines.