How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7U2 on PC/Laptop using VMware Workstation 15.1.0

In this article, we will examine how to install VMware vSphere 6.7U2 on a virtual machine using VM Workstation 15 Pro virtualization software.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7U2 on PC/Laptop

How to Build VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7 (6.7U2) on PC/Laptop using VMware Workstation 15.1.0

As you know, VMware vSphere ESXi is a server virtualization solution. In fact, you can test ESXi by installing it on a physical server.

Instead of a physical server, you can setup and run VMware vSphere 6.7U2 to your computer using VMware Workstation. But you may experience performance problems. If the hardware features of your computer are good, you can get more performance from the virtual machine.

In the previous article, we have provided information about What is ESXi. And then, we created a new virtual machine for VMware ESXi. In this article, we will install VMware ESXi 6.5/6.7 step by step using the VMware Workstation Pro virtualization program.

Before we start installing VMware ESXi 6.5/6.7, let’s take a look at the system requirements.

ESXi 6.5 System Requirements

  • The server for VMware ESXi 6.5 must have a minimum of 2 cores.
  • The virtualization feature (Intel VT-x / AMD-RVI) must be active on the server to be installed the 6.5 version.
  • NX/XD feature must be enabled for CPU (Processor) in BIOS.
  • It must be a minimum of 4 GB of physical RAM. However, it is recommended to use 8 GB of RAM to run virtual machines more efficiently.
  • x64-bit x86 processors released after September 2006 are supported. For more information, go to http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
  • It must be one or more GigabitEthernet/FastEthernet network adapter. For more information, go to http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.

ESXi 6.7 System Requirements

  • It requires a host machine with at least two CPU cores.
  • It supports 64-bit x86 processors released after September 2006. This includes a broad range of multi-core processors. For a complete list of supported processors, see the VMware compatibility guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
  • It requires the NX/XD bit to be enabled for the CPU in the BIOS.
  • It requires a minimum of 4 GB of physical RAM. It is recommended to provide at least 8 GB of RAM to run VMs in typical production environments.
  • To support 64-bit virtual machines, support for hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD RVI) feature must be enabled on x64 CPUs.
  • One or more Gigabit or faster Ethernet controllers. For a list of supported network adapter models, see the VMware Compatibility Guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
  • SCSI disk or a local, non-network, RAID LUN with unpartitioned space for the machines.
  • For SATA device, a disk connected through supported SAS controllers or supported on-board SATA controllers. SATA disks are considered remote, not local. By default, these disks are not used as a scratch partition.

After reviewing the VMware ESXi 6.5/6.7 system requirements, we can proceed to the ESXi installation steps.

Update (April 22, 2018): How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7

How to Run vSphere in VMware Workstation

If you have not done VM Workstation before, you can look at the following articles for VM installation on Windows and Linux systems.

  1. How to Install VM Workstation on Windows 10
  2. How to Install VM Workstation on Ubuntu

Before moving on to setting up ESXi 6.5/6.7 on a VM virtual machine, we recommend that you read the article titled How to Create Virtual Machine for ESXi!

   Step 1

After creating a new virtual machine, click the Browse button to add the ESXi 6.5/6.7 ISO file from CD/DVD.

Adding ESXi ISO File to Virtual Machine

   Step 2

Select the VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-4564106.x86_64.ISO file and click the Open button.

VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-4564106.x86_64.ISO

   Step 3

Run the virtual machine by clicking Power on this virtual machine.

Power on this virtual machine

   Step 4

Press Enter on the ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard installer option.

ESXi-6.5.0-4564106-standard installer

   Step 5

ESXi installation is starting…

Installing ESXi

   Step 6

Preparing installation files for ESXi…

Installing ESXi

   Step 7

Press the Enter button to continue in the Welcome to VM ESXi 6.5/6.7U2 installation window.

Enter Continue

   Step 8

Press F11 to accept the license agreement.

End User License Agreement (EULA)

   Step 9

Wait while scanning existing devices.

Scanning for available devices

   Step 10

Select the physical disk you have added to the virtual machine and press Enter.

Select a Disk to Install or Upgrade

   Step 11

Press the Enter button to confirm disk selection.

Press F11

   Step 12

Type your root password and press Enter.

Enter a root password

   Step 13

Click the F11 button to confirm the installation.

F11 Install

   Step 14

Wait while installing vSphere.

Installing vSphere

   Step 15

Installation of ESXi has been successfully completed! Press Enter on the Remove the installation media before rebooting option.

Installation Complete

   Step 16

ESXi is restarting…

Rebooting Server

   Step 17

After completing the installation on VM Workstation, it automatically received the 192.168.238.153 IP address from the DHCP server.

Server IP Address

   Step 18

To connect to the server, type the 192.168.238.153 IP address in the Internet Explorer address line and press Enter.

Connect to Server

   Step 19

When you give an certificate error, first click on More information and then click the go on to webpage (not recommended).

This site is not secure

   Step 20

After successfully connecting to vSphere 6.7U2, type root in the username field and click on the Log in button after typing the password you set in the password field.

vSphere Login Screen

   Step 21

If you want to participate in the customer experience program, tick the Join CEIP checkbox and click on the OK button.

Closing Info Window

   Step 22

After connecting vSphere 6.7U2, the first view is as follows!

VMware ESXi

How to Install vSphere in PC/Laptop ⇒ Video

For vSphere 6.7/6.5 installation step-by-step using VM Workstation, you can watch the following video and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!

vSphere Installation Video

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed VMware ESXi with the VM Workstation 15 Pro virtualization program on the Windows 10 operating system. Thanks for following us!

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