This video covers installation of VMware ESXi 5.1 as part of my lab rebuild project.
My Lab Hardware – quick review of that for contextThe Install – start the install itself
It shouldn’t be any secret that the Service Console is gone. If you haven’t moved on yet this will be a bit of a surprise. No boot disk required – at allNo graphical installer – very basic infact
I’ll be using Interactive to create the first as I do not have any infrastructure until I can get some VMs running. Once I have the pre-requisites running I’ll use Auto Deploy Stateless Provisioning with Host Profiles to install ESXi host #2.
For a corporate type of environment, whether POC, lab or production there is actually a good bit of information to be aware of and I cannot underscore the need for planning and more planning prior to pushing the first button.
Here’s the HW I have in my home lab. Nothing too fancy but definitely covers most basis. I use the physical HP servers as ESXi hosts and I can turn up virtual ESXi hosts on the pc dedicated to VMware Workstation. I do that for specific scenarios where I need more than 2 hosts. As I move forward with the installations and configurations in upcoming videos I’ll get into much detail.
There’s actually a good amount of stuff to cover yet.
vSphere Home Lab ReBuild part1 ESXi 5.1 Install
VMWARE VSPHERE5.1HOME LAB BUILD Part I – ESXi installation OUT
OVERVIEW Differences between ESXi 4.x and 5.x installs ESXi Installation Options Best Practices for ESXi 5.1 Installation My Lab Hardware The Install Next Steps In my blog post @ http://wp.me/p2ngZY-4k is the video of the install.
INSTALLATION DIFFERENCESW/5.XService Console is gone – instead we’ll be using vCLI and PowerCLIcommandsNo boot disk required – local or sharedNo graphical installerNew installs use GUID partition table which supports disks larger than 2TB
INSTALL OPTIONSESXi can be installed using several methods:1. Interactive – you sit at the server, boot the CD/DVD/USB/PXE installer,and press Enter a few times2. Scripted – can use PXE to kick off a scripted, unattended installation3. Auto Deploy – several options Stateless Provisioning – vCenter loads the ESXi image into host memory. Can use with host profiles but no ESXi state is stored on host disk. Stateful Provisioning – after initial provisioning by Auto Deploy, ESXi image and configuration is stored on host accessible disk. Subsequent boots load the local image and configuration. Stateless Caching – like Stateful except subsequent boots continue to use Auto Deploy except when Auto Deploy not available – then the host boots off local “cached” image and configuration.
BEST PRACTICES FOR ESXI5.1 INSTALLATIONThere is a “Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.1” that Irecommend reading. Pg. 17-37 are ESXi 5.1 specific. Also….ESXi installation doc - “vSphere Installation and Setup – vSphere 5.1” “Recommendations for Enhanced ESXi Performance” pg. 31- 32Ensure hardware is supported with the VMware Compatibility GuideMinimum of 2GB RAM – the installer will not proceed if lessPlace the management network and vm network on different physical NICs Even in a home lab if possible have at least 2 ports, preferably 4 (I’ll cover later)
MY LAB HARDWARE Switch 1 2Gb LAG Switch 2 My PC w/ Iomega HP MicroServer HP MicroServer Dedicated PC w/ iSCSI VMware AMD 2core/8GB AMD 2core/8GB VMware Workstation Workstation AMD 4core/8GB AMD 4core/8GB
INSTALL1. Boot physical server to CD and run install Autoconfiguration Mode2. Basic configuration to get “on net” Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) aka Direct Console ESXi Interface3. Install client from new host4. Mention next video – ESXi configuration