Purpose of this guide is very simple, show an ESXI Install from start to finish and to help me remember how I did the install if I need to do it again. Hopefully it will help guide some first timers as well.
Our hardware is as follows
4X Intel DC S3710 400GB Sata SSD
1X SuperMicro 64GB SATA DOM
Mellonox Connect X2 10Gbe Card
64GB DDR4 ECC Memory
For me its simple, as I have a SuperMicro Motherboard with Console Re-direction. I can just mount the ISO via the console instead of having to create a USB with Rufus or so I thought. Java is a bit screwy on Sierra, so I had an old USB for VMware, so I chose to use that with the iKVM Client with Chrome.
The F Function Keys also don’t work all that well either so I had to use the Virtual Keyboard, which allowed me to boot from the USB Drive.
Once the installer loads, you will be prompted to hit enter to continue
Click F11 to Accept the EULA and Continue
The Installer will Scan for Drives to Install VMWare to and then present you your options
For my purposes I will be using the SATA SSD which happens to be a SuperMicro 64GB Sata DOM. The NVMe Drive will be used to host the VMSphere and VRealize VMs. The Intel DC 3710 400GB Drives will be used to host VMs. I plan on testing utilizing software RAID for these Drives. The issue will be managing the VM start. If the VM that hosts the software RAID starts slower than the VMs that utilize it for storage, we will never have those VMs start up.
Next we select the Keyboard
Then we select a root password. Do not forget this. If you do, it can be difficult to get the system working without a full reinstall.
The installer will probe for hardware
Now it will confirm with you that this is indeed the drive you wish to install on and proceed with the install once you hit F11. Now take a little break and let VMware install. For us this is version 6.1 not 6.5, which is the current version. We will walk through upgrading VMWare to the latest version later.
For us the installation took less then two minutes.
If all goes well, upon reboot you will see this screen
That’s it! You have a working Vmware EXSi 6.0 Installation. In our next post, we will work on upgrading VMWare ESXi to version 6.5.