Welcome back to the series, How to setup VMware vSphere Lab in VMware Workstation.
This is the fifth part of the guide, where we will be installing the nested ESXi hosts in our VMWare vSphere Lab. As a recap, in the first part we dealt with the prerequisites and in the second, we designed the network using Virtual Network Editor. In the third, we created a template to install the necessary VM’s and in the fourth part, we installed a Domain Controller using the same template.
The installation of nested ESXi hosts inside of VMware Workstation is just really very easy process compared to early versions.
Note that we would have some performance issues, as we are using our HDD to build this entire setup. If you are really concerned about the performance, I suggest you go with SSD as they are pretty darn fast.
Click on File > New Virtual Machine > select Custom option and click Next.
In the Install from the section, select the radio button Installer disc image file and provide the path of the ISO file that you downloaded from the VMWare site.
Next up, you need to provide the Name of the VM and the location that you want to save it.
Next, you will need to provide the number of processors. In our case, we will give 4.
Give the default RAM of 4GB.
Next select all the default values as seen below and power ON the ESXi host.
Then run the ESXi 6 installer. You’ll be presented with screenshots like this one.
Accept the License Agreement.
The Virtual Hard disk drive…..
Provide the Root user password.
Reboot the ESXi host once the installation is completed.
After the reboot hit F2 and log into the console. You’ll see the screen like this.
You can attach the first 2 NIC cards.
We need to configure the IP address, hostname, DNS settings here…
Let’s configure the DNS information too.
Restart the management network. Hit Yes.
That’s it! You just saw that how easy it was to install the ESXi host. Now go ahead and do the same for the next host ESXi6-02.
This is the fifth part of the VMWare vSphere Lab using VMWare Workstation. Links to the rest of the articles can be found below.
- What do you need to build VMWare vSphere Lab?
- The network design of VMWare vSphere lab in VMware Workstation.
- Preparing Windows Templates for VMWare vSphere Lab
- How to create the Domain Controller Virtual Machine
- Installing of Nested ESXi hosts in our VMware vSphere Lab
- Installing the vCenter Virtual Machine for VMWare vSphere Lab
- Designing the Shared Storage for VMWare vSphere Lab