How to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMware ESXi

In this article, we will install Windows Server 2019 step by step on virtual machine using vSphere.

How to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMware ESXi

How to Setup Server 2019 on ESXi

Windows Server 2019 will be rolled out by Microsoft in the second half of 2018. You can download the Windows Server 2019 Technical Preview version from the Microsoft Insider Program.

You can run the Windows Server Techical Preview version as a virtual machine on your computer using virtualization programs. The installation of Windows Server is simple and easy.

In our previous articles, we installed Server 2019 with VMware Workstation and Oracle VM VirtualBox. We also installed Project Honolulu after configuring it. You can check out our articles about Server 2019 from the links below.

In this article, we will install Server 2019 on the virtual machine in ESXi. If you have not downloaded the Technical Preview version before, you can check out our Server 2019 Download.

After downloading the ISO file to your computer, connect to your server or virtual machine. Upload Windows Server ISO file on VMware ESXi.

How to Run Server 2019 in Virtual Machine

Follow these steps to install it step by step in a virtual machine…

   Step 1

First of all, to create a new virtual machine for Server 2019, please click on the image below to read related article.

When creating a virtual machine for Server 2019, select Windows Server 2016 for the operating system type. In ESXi 6.5.U1, 6.7, and 6.7U2, Server 2019 added to the OS type option.

How to Create Virtual Machine in ESXi

   Step 2

Power on the Windows Server virtual machine.

Power on Virtual Machine

   Step 3

Windows Server installation is starting…

Starting Server 2019

   Step 4

After configuring the system language, keyboard layout, and time for Server 2019, click Next.

Language to install

   Step 5

In the Windows Server installation window, click Install Now.

Install Now

   Step 6

In the Server 2019 product key window, click I don’t have a product key.

Activate Windows

   Step 7

In the Operating System window, select Windows Server Standard (Desktop Experience) and click the Next button.

Windows Server Standard (Desktop Experience)

   Step 8

In the Windows Setup window, click the Custom option.

Custom Install

   Step 9

To configure the disk you created in ESXi, select Partition and click Next.

Drive 0 Partition 2

   Step 10

Windows Server setup may take some time, depending on the hardware capabilities of your system.

Getting Files Ready for Installation

   Step 11

After copying the files for installation, wait while it makes the last settings.

Getting Ready

   Step 12

Create a strong password for the Server 2019 admin account and click the Finish button.

Customize Settings

   Step 13

At the Server 2019 login prompt, click Actions / Guest OS / Send Keys / Ctrl + Alt + Delete.

Actions / Guest OS / Send Keys / Ctrl + Alt + Delete

   Step 14

Type your administrator password that you created and press Enter.

Type Admin Password

   Step 15

After you have successfully installed the Server 2019 Preview, go to the next step to install VMware Tools on it.

Server Manager

How to Install VMware Tools on Win Server 2019

Installing VMware Tools on Windows Server 2019 is the first thing you will do. Because you will be able to use your virtual server more effectively. So click on the image below to install VM Tools step by step.

How to Install VMware Tools in ESXi


To install Server 2019 + Project Honolulu + VM Tools, you can watch the video below and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!

   Final Word

In this article, we have installed Server 2019 with vSphere server running on VMware Workstation Pro in Windows 10. Thanks for following us!

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