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 += Install ESXi 6.5 in VMware Workstation 10 =
 += Setup Info =
 +**ESXi version:** VVMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-4564106.x86_64.iso \\
 +**VMware Workstation version:** VMware-workstation-full-10.0.7-2844087.exe \\
 +The idea is to install ESXi 6.5 to get a home lab so I can test around and prepare for my VCP 6 certification. ​
 += ESXi Installation =
 +Follow these steps from VMware Workstation:​
 +* From the VMware Workstation toolbar, click File > New Virtual machine
 +* Click Custom (advanced), then click Next
 +* Set the hardware compatibility for the virtual machine to Workstation 10, then click Next
 +* Click Installer disk Image file (ISO), and browse and select the ESXi ISO file. Then click Next
 +* Select VMware ESXi 5 as the Guest Operating System (as this is the newest available) and click Next: \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1001.jpg}} \\
 +* Enter a name for your virtual machine (esxi01) and choose where to save it, then click Next
 +* Keep the processor configuration default (2 processors)
 +* Set the memory to what you need, but at least 4 GB, otherwise the installation will fail
 +* Keep the Network Type to NAT
 +* Keep the SCSI controller to LSI Logic
 +* Keep the virtual disk type to SCSI
 +* Select the "​Create a new virtual disk" option and after clicking next set the following values for the virtual disk:
 +** Size: 40 GB
 +** Do **NOT** allocate all disk space now
 +** Split virtual disk into multiple files
 +* Keep the default naming suggestion for the vmdk files
 +* Review your settings and click Finish to create the VM
 +Now the VM is created, and when finished click "Power on this virtual machine"​ and follow these steps to start the installation:​ \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1002.jpg}} \\
 +* Warning:
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1003.jpg}} \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1004.jpg}} \\
 +To prevent these warnings, on my Lenovo X1 I had to change the following BIOS settings:
 +* Security -> Virtualization:​
 +** Intel Virtualization Technology to Enabled
 +** Intel VT-d Feature to enabled
 +* Security -> Memory Protection:
 +** Execution Prevention to Disabled
 +Now the VM starts successfully although you might still get a warning about a keyboard hook. Click OK to have the value updated: \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1005.jpg}} \\
 +The installer start automatically,​ so just wait and enjoy the show until you have to do something again: ​
 +* On the welcome screen press ENTER to continue
 +* Press F11 to accept the license agreement
 +* Select the disk to install ESXi onto. If correctly found it should be 40 GB, so press ENTER to continue: \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1006.jpg}} \\
 +* Select your keyboard layout (US Default)
 +* Fill in the root password and press ENTER to continue
 +* On the confirm Install screen press F11 to start the installation:​ \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1007.jpg}} \\
 +* When the installation is ready, first remove the ISO from the VM:
 +** Go to VM --> Removable Devices -> CD/DVD (IDE) -> Disconnect
 +** Then press ENTER to reboot the VM
 +After the reboot the VM will show the default ESXi screen: \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1008.jpg}} \\
 +== Change IP Address ==
 +As you can see in the screenshot above the ESXi host has received a DHCP address. To change this into a STATIC address follow these steps:
 +* Press F2 and enter the root credentials ​
 +* Select Configure Management Network, then press Enter.
 +* Select IPv4 Configuration,​ then press Enter.
 +* Select "Set static IP addresses and network configuration",​ then press the Space bar.
 +* Press the Down Arrow key to select the IP Address field, then enter the correct information,​ followed by ENTER (only change the subnet mask and default gateway if you really need to)
 +* Press ESC to save to exit
 +* When you are prompted to restart the management network for the changes to take effect, press Y.
 +* Press ESC again to go back to the main screen.
 +Now you see that the IP Address is configured as STATIC: \\
 +{{esxi65inworkstation1009.jpg}} \\
 +> Note that if you need more hosts because you want to test around with clustering you need to repeat all above steps. ​
 += Running 64 bits VMs =
 +Note that if you want to run a 64 bit VM in this setup you need to add the following line to the VMs VMX file:
 +vhv.enable = "​TRUE"​
 +See [[https://​​kb/​1714|here]] on how to change vmx files in various setups. ​
 += Resources =
 +https://​​kb/​2034803 \\
 +https://​​kb/​1714 \\
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