Nested VMware ESXi 6.0 installation guide

VMware released  vSphere version 6.0 and starting with this post I will cover installation of various vSphere 6.0 components. In first post I will cover installation of nested ESXi 6.0 running on VMware ESXi 5.5 as main platform.

Installing VMware ESXi 6.0

I am using fresh ISO VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.iso.

Let’s start with installation of ESXi 6.0

Virtual Machine setup

  1. Click New Virtual Machine.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - Create New Virtual Machine
  2. Choose Create a new virtual machine from wizard.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - New virtual machine wizard
  3. Give Virtual Machine meaningful name and if necessary place it in appropriate folder.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - Name virtual machine
  4. Select compute resource.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - select compute resource
  5. Select appropriate datastore.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - select datastore
  6. Choose virtual machine version.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - choose virtual machine version
  7. Select guest OS – Linux, Other Linux (64-bit).
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - select guest os
  8. In Customize hardware section select following settings
      1. CPU – 2 vCPU
      2. Memory – 8GB
      3. Hard disk – 2GB
      4. Network – E1000

    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - customize hardware

  9. In CPU section select Expose the NX/XD flag to guest and Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - advanced CPU settings
  10. On the Ready to complete screen review your settings and click Finish.
    VMware ESXi 6.0 as nested virtual machine - ready to complete

 Installing ESXi 6.0

Installation of ESXi 6.0 is really simple and can be done in few steps.

  1. Mount ISO to Virtual Machine and power it on.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 1
  2. Click enter and wait for ESXi installer to boot.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 2
  3. Click enter to start installation.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 3
  4. Click F11 to accept EULA.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 4
  5. Select previously created disk.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 5
  6. Select keyboard layout and press enter to continue.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 6
  7. Enter a root password and click enter.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 7
  8. After a moment on last screen press F11 to install ESXi 6.0.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 8
  9. Wait a moment until installer does its job.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 9
  10. Remove the installation disk before rebooting and click enter.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 10
  11. After reboot we have almost fully operational ESXi 6.0.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 11
  12. After configuration of ESXi with IP address we can login into it using vSphere Client.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 12
  13. I installed quickly Windows Server 2012 R2 and it is working perfectly fine.
    Nested ESXi 6.0 installation - 13

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