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Step By Step Guide How to install VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 in VMware Workstation 10


This article explains how to installVMware ESXi 5.5 in a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 10.
To install and use ESXi 5.5, your hardware and system resources must meet the following
1 ESXi 5.5 will install and run only on servers with 64-bit x86 CPUs.
2 ESXi 5.5 requires a host machine with at least two cores.
3 ESXi 5.5 supports only LAHF and SAHF CPU instructions.
4 ESXi 5.5 requires the NX/XD bit to be enabled for the CPU in the BIOS.
5 ESXi requires a minimum of 4GB of physical RAM. Provide at least 8GB of RAM to take full advantage
of ESXi features and run virtual machines in typical production environments.
6 To support 64-bit virtual machines, support for hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD RVI) must
be enabled on x64 CPUs.
7 One or more Gigabit or 10Gb Ethernet controllers. For a list of supported network adapter models
To install ESXi 5.5 in VMware Workstatio 10,
Download the ESXi 5.5 ISO image from the VMware Download Center.
  • Open VMware Workstation 10 & from the VMware Workstation toolbar, click File > New Virtual machine. Click Custom (advanced), then click Next.
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  • Select the hardware compatibility for the virtual machine, then click Next.
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  1. Click Installer disk Image file (ISO), and browse and open the ESXi ISO file downloaded from the VMware Download Center.
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  1. Enter a name for your virtual machine and choose where to save it, then click Next.
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  1. Follow the on-screen options to configure the virtual machine. Use the defaults unless you need to make changes for your environment.
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Click Finish.
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  1. Click Power on the virtual machine after creation. When the virtual machine powers on and the installation starts, choose ESXi-5.x.x-build_number-standard Installer, or wait 5 seconds. On the Welcome screen, press Enter to continue.
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  1. Press F11 to accept the EULA and continue.
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  1. Select the virtual disk where you want to install, and press Enter to continue.
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  1. Enter a root password. Press the Down Arrow or Tab key, then enter the password again to confirm. Press Enter to continue.
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  1. Confirm that the information on the screen is correct, then press F11 to start the installation.
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  1. When the installation is complete, Press Enter to reboot.
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Install VMware vSphere Client 5.5 & enter your ESXi 5.5 server IP Address to access the ESXi 5.5 server.
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