Select Workstation Guest Operating System Installation. Select the Installer disk image file iso and browse the ESXi installer iso file. Click Next. Select a Guest Operating System. Name the Virtual Machine. Select the D: Processor Configuration. Specify the following parameters: Number of processors: Memory for the Virtual Machine. Specify the amount of memory equal to MB. Network Type. Select Use network address translation NAT. Select a Disk Type. Select a Disk.
Click Create a new virtual disk. Specify Disk Capacity. Set maximum disk size to 5 GB. Select Store virtual disk as a single file. Specify Disk File. Place your virtual disk in the directory specified as the VM location. In this case, the D: Ready to Create Virtual Machine. On the Welcome screen press Enter. Press F11 to continue. Select a disk to install or upgrade.
Select your 5GB virtual disk created before. Select a keyboard layout. US Default is selected in this particular case. Enter a root password. Confirm the root password. On the Confirm Install screen press F11 to start the installation. Read this blog post to see the explanation of ESXi installation in details with screenshots. You should also create a second virtual network adapter NIC — network interface controller that can be used for NIC teaming or for connecting to shared storage we recommend that you use a separate storage network for connecting shared storage to ESXi hosts.
Choose the virtual disk type: SCSI Recommended. Create a new virtual disk. You can set the maximum disk size for more than 40 GB if you have enough disk space on your physical computer. Specify virtual disk file location. VMs can access an external network that can be accessed by a host. The Host-Only network allows VMs to communicate with each other and with a host.
A host can communicate with VMs. You can find a detailed comparison of VMware virtual networks in this blog post. VMware Workstation provides you with a virtual network editor with which you can configure your virtual networks such as NAT and Host-Only networks.
VMnet8 NAT network. But, when budget is a major constraint, we can consider using free ESXi in some areas of production and cut some expense. You can use just ESXi hypervisor without purchasing vCenter. See also: With those limitations in consideration, below are examples of how to leverage the use of free ESXi: Patch management One of the great examples is using ESXi as an isolated environment for patch testing and application piloting before deploying it to a production environment.
Then we are free to do anything with the clones without causing any disruption to production. Note that free ESXi can still use snapshot function, so we can easily rollback any deployments if required. Fire up the tools, select This local machine as the source and activate the option Synchronize changes, but untick the option the Perform final synchronization.
Host production servers Free version of ESXi is not designed for large host production servers. In addition to that, you can also use the help of 3rd party software to minimize the risk when the situation becomes more critical.