How to Install Ubuntu 19.04/18.10/18.04/17.10 on VMware ESXi 7.0 (7.0b)

In this article, we will examine how to setup Ubuntu 17.10 / 18.04 / 18.10 / 19.04 on a virtual machine on vSphere ESXi 7.0 (7.0b).

How to Install Ubuntu 19.04/18.10/18.04/17.10 on VMware ESXi 7.0 (7.0b)

How to Run Ubuntu 19.04/18.10/18.04/17.10 on VMware ESXi 7.0 (7.0b)

VM ESXi is a Hypervisor Type 1 product and therefore needs to be installed on a physical server. By running multiple virtual machines on ESXi server, you can get rid of server costs.

For more information about ESXi, check out what is VMware ESXi, vSphere, and vCenter. It is recommended to install the ESXi on a server, but you can use and test it in a test environment with a virtualization software. Otherwise, using ESXi with virtualization programs is illogical.

In our previous articles, we installed Windows operating systems with ESXi. In this article, we will install Ubuntu 17.10 which is a popular operating system based on Linux.

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If you also want to install Ubuntu 19.04/18.10/18.04/17.10 on VMware Workstation and Hyper-V virtualization programs, take a look at the links below.

How to Use Ubuntu on vSphere

With ESXi 7.0b running on the VMware Workstation 14 Pro virtualization program installed on the Windows 10 Enterprise operating system, follow the instructions below to install Linux system.

   Step 1

Connect to your VMware ESXi server using a web browser and click on the Log in button after you type your username and password.

Log in to VMware vSphere ESXi Server

   Step 2

To create a new VM for Ubuntu, click on Virtual Machines in the left pane and then click Create / Register VM.

Create / Register VM

   Step 3

In the New VM window, select Create a new VM, and then click the Next button.

Creating a New Virtual Machine in ESXi

   Step 4

Specify the operating system family and version of the Ubuntu VM and click on the Next button.

Select a name and guest OS

   Step 5

Select Datastore1 and click Next.

Select Storage / Datastore1

   Step 6

To add the Ubuntu 17.10/18.04/18.10/19.04 ISO file to the VM, click Datastore ISO File from CD/DVD Drive 1.

Datastore ISO File

   Step 7

Once the Datastore Browser is open, select the ISO file and click the Select button.

Datastore Browser

   Step 8

On the Ubuntu virtual machine settings on VMware ESXi 6.5, enable the Hardware Virtualization and Performance Counters options and click the Next button.

Hardware Virtualization and Performance Counters

   Step 9

Assign the RAM and HDD values to the Ubuntu VM according to the hardware specifications of your computer. After you specify the 3 GB RAM value, click on the Next button.

Customize Settings

   Step 10

The summary information of the VM to be installed on VMware ESXi is as shown below. Click the Finish button to continue.

Ready to complete

   Step 11

Run the virtual machine by clicking Power on.

Power on Virtual Machine

   Step 12

Ubuntu 17.10/18.04/18.10/19.04 installation is starting…

Starting Ubuntu VM

   Step 13

Select your operating language and click the Install Ubuntu button.

Install Ubuntu

   Step 14

Click the Continue button.

Download updates while installing Ubuntu

   Step 15

To use the entire hard disk space that you assigned to the virtual machine, select Erase disk and install Ubuntu and click the Install Now button.

Erade Disk and Install Ubuntu

   Step 16

Click the Continue button to confirm that you want to write the changes on the hard disk.

Write the changes to disks?

   Step 17

Continue by choosing the region you live in.

Where are you?

   Step 18

Select your keyboard layout Click the Continue.

Keyboard Layout

   Step 19

Type your Ubuntu user name and specify a new password.

User Account

   Step 20

Wait while installing Ubuntu in vSphere…

Copying Files

   Step 21

Restart the system by clicking on the Restart Now button after the installation copies the files.

Installation Complete

   Step 22

To reboot the system, press the setup media and press Enter. If the installation media can not be removed, close the virtual machine and open its settings.

Remove Medium

   Step 23

Change the option in the place where you added the ISO file as follows.

CD/DVD Drive 1

How to Install VMware Tools for Ubuntu Virtual Machine

Once you have installed Linux operating system, open the Terminal on your desktop and switch to Root access to install VMware Tools. Next, follow the steps below to install VMware Tools.

   Step 1

To install VMware Tools in the Ubuntu virtual machine, execute the following command.

apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop -y

apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop -y

   Step 2

After installing VMware Tools, restart the virtual machine and do a Full Screen. If the virtual machine is not running in full-screen mode, close the VM and proceed to the next step.

Full Screen Error

   Step 3

Change the Video Card hardware setting of the Ubuntu machine to Auto-detect settings and click the Save button.

Auto-Detect Settings

   Step 4

Once you restart the Linux machine, you can use full-screen mode.

Virtual Machine Full Screen

   Step 5

You can check the Ubuntu operating system version in Settings / About.

Checking Linux Version


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   Final Word

In this article, we have installed Ubuntu in vSphere running in VMware Workstation 14 Pro. And finally, we have installed VMware Tools for the Ubuntu machine. Thanks for following us!

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