ESXi Installation in Simple Steps with Images

In this article, we will show you ESXi 7 installation step by step guide with images.

ESXi Installation
ESXi Installation

VMware ESXi (pronounced ESXi) is a type of hypervisor that allows you to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical host. It is a bare-metal hypervisor, which means it runs directly on the host’s hardware and does not require an operating system to be installed first.

ESXi is a popular choice for virtualization in the enterprise because it is easy to install and manage, and it provides a high level of performance and reliability. With ESXi, you can run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server, each with its own operating system and applications, and manage them all from a central console.

In addition to virtualization, ESXi also provides features such as live migration, high availability, and resource management to help you deploy and manage your virtual infrastructure.

ESXi comes with a 60 days evolution period in this period you can use all its feature but after 60 days you need to purchase a license for it.

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To install VMware ESXi 7 on a server, you will need to perform the following steps:

Download ESXi

Download the VMware ESXi 7 installation ISO file from the VMware website.

Download from the official site trial version or if you want to use it for the business you can purchase it too. As recommended if you are new to it ask the IT department they will provide a custom ESXi iso according to the environment.

VMware ESXi download

How to use ISO

According to the situation, there are 3 methods to use ISO on a server.

  • Burn the ISO file to a CD or create a bootable USB drive.
  • Mount ISO on KVM console from IMC, ILO, IDRAC or ILOM, etc
  • Place ISO on your network boot server

After mounting, you have to reboot the server and boot the server with ISO

map ISO for ESXi installation

Press the appropriate key to enter the BIOS or boot menu. This key is usually F6, F10, F11, or F12, but it may vary depending on the server’s BIOS.

Process of Installation of ESXi 7

After reaching the boot menu select the bootable media from the boot menu and press Enter to boot from it.

loading screen

After loading the screen, it will ask you to press enter to continue. Press enter to the next step.

Press F11 to accept the license agreement from ESXi

press F11

Select the disk in which you want to install ESXi and press enter to continue. Press enter again if asked to create a partition for the new ESXi installation. This will happen only in case you are using the old raid for the new ESXi installation.

Select the disk in which you want to ESXi installation

Select desired language for your ESXi installation and press enter to continue

select language with the arrow key and press enter

Give the root password and remember it will be used to log in to ESXi after installation. It will ask you to enter two times password and when both match press enter key to continue.y

root password

Next screen will ask you to confirm installation press F11 to start the installation.

Press F11 to proceed with the ESXi installation

Wait until the process is finished. It will ask you to press enter for the reboot. Press enter and it will boot to ESXi.

Press F2 and give root and password and edit the management IP address if required or if the DHCP network is configured then no need to edit it.

ESXi installed

Connect to the ESXi host using the web browser and log in with the root user and the password you set during the installation process.


Now we have successfully installed ESXi. ESXi installation is not as complicated ad other OS because ESXi is a hypervisor installed on bare metal and it will provide a cost-saving solution by creating multiple OS VMS on a single bare-metal

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