How to Configure your Datastores in ESXi 6.5

Another basics posts for those of us who have not had the experience of installing and configuring ESXi 6.5.  Today we will configure our Datastores.

Once we have logged into our ESXi client web page, click on Storage and the Datastore Tab


The initial Datastore is the media that you installed your ESXi “OS” on.  For me it was a 64GB SATADOM.  I do not wish to place any VMs on this, but I do have a NVMe Drive installed in the machine that I want my vSphere and vRealize components to live on.  The thinking is if the NVMe drive fails, I will have backups of those VMs and be able to purchase and install a new drive, and then restore the VMs.

To setup the new Datastore, click New datastore and select Create new VMFS datastore and Click NextSnip20170319_19.png

Then we would select our device to install the Datastore on and continue on our merry way.  Wait though, does anyone see the NVMe drive?  Why isn’t it there?


Now it’s possible that this is a quirk of the new Install or its a quirk of the HTML5 Client.  I have noticed at least with vSphere in my job that you still have to fall back to the “Fat” Client from time to time. In this case we do not.

If we click on the Devices Tab and highlight the NVMe drive, we get the option to select New Datastore



When we click that we get the Option to Name Our Datastore, Partition it, and then complete the steps.  It seems it is just a shortened version of the Datastore Creation Wizard, and that the Storage Datastore Creation Wizard doesn’t have the necessary code to recognize the NVMe Drive.

So first we name the drive.


Then we Partition it utilizing the entire drive


Accept the Warning and we are complete.


Going back to the Datastore Tab we see the two stores.




How to Upgrade VMWare ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 via USB

VMWare ESXi just upgraded to version 6.5 and those of that are part of the VMware Users Group (VMUG), we were just able to get our hands on the ISOs.

To upgrade VMware ESXi, it is very simple, just load the ISO on a bootable USB Drive, plug it into the server and let it upgrade for you.  For me its a bit easier, as this is a brand new VMWare ESXi server, and if something went wrong who cares, I have nothing on it.


First step is the hardest, create a Bootable USB with the VMware ESXI 6.5 ISO on it.  For my needs, I use Rufus.  Its free and portable on Windows.


The setup couldn’t be easier, download Rufus, download your ISO, plug in your USB, click Create a bootable disk using ISO Image and click on the CDRom Icon.  Select your ISO and click Start.  In a couple minutes you will have your bootable ISO.

Next step is to install the Update.  Plug the newly create USB Drive into your server, and boot from it.


Once the Installer loads hit Enter


Hit F11 to Accept the EULA


The installer will verify your devices and continue.

The installer will discover the device that the previous installation of ESXi is installed on and select it for you.  Hit Enter, and select the Upgrade Option that works for your installation.  For me it didn’t matter as I have no VMs installed currently.IMG_0321.jpgIMG_0322.jpg

ESXi will ask you to confirm the install and then it starts installing.  Once completed, remove the media (USB Drive) and the installer will reboot for you.


Now one of the benefits of 6.5 is that there is no more “Fat” Client.  Its all HTML5 based.  Snip20170319_3.png