How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7U2 on VMware and VirtualBox

In this article, we’ll examine the steps for installing ESXi on a server or virtual machine. And finally, we’ll create a new virtual machine for ESXi virtualization using the VMware and VirtualBox programs.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7U2 on VMware and VirtualBox

How to Use vSphere ESXi 6.7 (6.7U2) on VMware and VirtualBox

VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7U2 was announced by VMware on April 02, 2019. Additionally, this release includes ESXi 6.7U2 and vCenter Server 6.7U2.

To review the vSphere 6.7U2 release notes, visit https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.7U2/rn/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-67-release-notes.html.

You can also check out all the innovations at https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/launch to learn what’s new in vSphere 6.7U2.

New features in vSphere 6.7U2 include:

  • vSphere Client (HTML-5) is about 95% feature complete
  • Improved vCenter Appliance monitoring
  • Improved vCenter Backup Management
  • Single Reboot Upgrades
  • Quick Boot
  • 4K Native Drive Support
  • Max Virtual Disks increase from 60 to 256
  • Max number of Devices from 512 to 1024
  • Max paths to Devices from 2048 to 4096
  • Support for RDMA
  • vSphere Persistent Memory
  • DRS initial placement improvements

VMware vSphere is a Hypervisor-based standalone operating system and a software layer that works between hardware and virtual machines.

In our previous articles, we published the articles on the use of vSphere ESXi virtualization. You can browse our virtualization articles by visiting the links below.

How to Configure vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 6.7

First, download the 6.7U2 ISO file to your computer and then follow the stages below to setup vSphere ESXi 6.7U2 on a physical server or virtual machine.

   Step 1

Boot your system with the ISO file. On the Boot screen, press Enter button on the ESXi-6.7U2.0-8169922-standard installer option.

Boot Menu

   Step 2

Wait while loading ESXi installer…

Loading ESXi Installer

   Step 3

Wait while the necessary files for the installation are copying…

VMKernel Loaded Successfully

   Step 4

Welcome to the Installation window, press Enter to continue.

Welcome to the ESXi Installation

   Step 5

Press the F11 key to accept the license agreement.

Accepting ESXi License Agreement

   Step 6

Scanning for available devices on your system…

Scanning for available devices

   Step 7

Select the disk to install ESXi and press Enter.

Select a Disk to Install or Upgrade

   Step 8

Select your keyboard layout and press the Enter key.

Selecting Keyboard Layout

   Step 9

Set your admin password for your server. Make sure your password is complex and then press Enter to continue installing VM ESXi 6.7U2.

Enter a Root Password

   Step 10

Press F11 to confirm the installation.

F11 Install

   Step 11

Wait while installing vSphere ESXi 6.7U2…

Installing ESXi 6.7

   Step 12

After installing it, press Enter on the Remove the installation media before rebooting option.

Remove the installation media before rebooting

   Step 13

Rebooting server…

Rebooting server...

   Step 14

Wait while configuring the last settings…

vmkfbft loaded successfully

   Step 15

After successfully completing the installation, open the Chrome, Opera or Internet Explorer browser and connect to the ESXi server with the IP address assigned from DHCP.

Server IP Address

   Step 16

After connecting to the server, you can check the ESXi version from Help / About.

ESXi Version

How to Setup vSphere 6.7U2 ⇒ Video

You can view the following video to install vSphere ESXi 6.7U2 and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

Server ESXi Installation Video


How to Install vSphere 6.7U2 on VMware Workstation 15/14

For VMware ESXi training, you can also use the virtualization software. You can run and use ESXi virtualization on VMware Workstation 15VMware Workstation 14, but your computer must have high hardware capabilities.

For testing purposes only, follow these steps in order to setup vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 6.7U2 on the VM.

   Step 1

First, open the VM Workstation 14 virtualization program and click Create a New VM to create a new VM.

In the Create New VM window, select Custom (advanced) and click the Next button.

How to Install ESXi on VMware

   Step 2

In the hardware compatibility window, make sure that Workstation 14.x is selected and click Next.

Choosing VM Hardware Compatibility

   Step 3

To add the 6.7U2 ISO file to the VM later, select the option below and click Next.

I will install the OS later

   Step 4

Select the ESX and ESXi 6.5 and later options in the operating system selection window and click the Next button.

Guest Operating System

   Step 5

Change the VM name and click on the Next button. You also store the VM disk on an External HDD.

Configuring the Name and Location of Virtual Machine

   Step 6

Set the number of processors according to the hardware specifications of your computer and then click the Next button.

Adding Processor to VM

   Step 7

If your computer has 16 or 32 GB of RAM, set a RAM size under these values for the VM and click on the Next button.

Adding RAM to VM

   Step 8

Select the NAT network configuration for network settings and click Next.

VMware NAT Config

   Step 9

Select the Paravirtualized SCSI option and continue with the steps for creating a VM.

Paravirtualized SCSI

   Step 10

Select the SCSI option and click Next.

SCSI

   Step 11

To create a new virtual disk for installation, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

Creating Virtual Disk

   Step 12

Select 100 GB HDD size for virtual hard disk, and click Next after you select Store virtual disk as a single file option.

Store the Disk as a Single File

   Step 13

Click Next to leave the name of the disk file as default.

Specifiy Disk File

   Step 14

The summary information of the VM you created on VMware Workstation 14.1.2 Pro is as follows. Click the Finish button.

Finish VM Creator

   Step 15

Open the settings of the virtual machine and enable the processor virtualization feature as follows. Also, to add the ISO file that you downloaded to your computer to the VM, click on CD/DVD and then click the Browse button.

Enable Virtualization Feature

   Step 16

Select the ISO image file and click the Open button.

Choose vSphere ISO File

   Step 17

You can now start installing it on VMware Workstation 14/15 Pro!

vSphere ESXi Installer

How to Setup vSphere ESXi on PC/Laptop ⇒ Video

To run vSphere 6.7U2 on Windows 10 PC/Laptop using VMware, you can watch the following video and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

ESXi Installation Video


How to Install ESXi 6.7U2 on Oracle VM VirtualBox

It is possible to run vSphere Hypervisor 6.7U2 with VirtualBox, but VirtualBox does not support Nested virtualization. For testing purposes only, you can install and try it on VirtualBox.

To setup ESXi 6.7U2 on a Windows PC / Laptop using VirtualBox, follow these steps in order.

   Step 1

First, install VirtualBox on Windows 10 and then run VirtualBox and click the New button to create a new VM.

How to Install ESXi

   Step 2

Configure a 4 GB RAM size for the virtual machine and click the Next button.

Adding the RAM of 4 GB to VM

   Step 3

To create a new virtual disk, check Create a virtual hard disk now and click Next.

Creating a New Virtual HDD

   Step 4

Select VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) for the virtual machine and click the Next button.

VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)

   Step 5

Select the Dynamically allocated option and click on the Next button.

Dynamically allocated

   Step 6

Configure the virtual hard disk size and store the virtual machine disk in a different location. Click on the Create button to continue with the steps for installing VMware vSphere 6.7U2 on VirtualBox.

Configuring VM Location

   Step 7

On the virtual machine, click Settings.

Virtual Machine Settings

   Step 8

Configure the virtual machine Boot sequence as follows.

Boot Device

   Step 9

Add 4 processors to the virtual machine, and then click the Acceleration tab.

Acceleration

   Step 10

Enable the Enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging to enable Hardware Virtualization.

Enable Nested Paging

   Step 11

For virtual machine on VirtualBox you absolutely need to configure the Bridged Adapter. Otherwise, you will not be able to access the virtual machine.

Bridged Adapter

   Step 12

Select the Wireless or Ethernet network adapter for the bridged adapter.

Choose Wireless Adapter

   Step 13

Add the ISO file to the VirtualBox virtual machine and click on the OK button.

vSphere ISO Image File

   Step 14

Run the virtual machine.

Start VM

   Step 15

As you see the image below, you can proceed the steps to setup VMware ESXi on VirtualBox!

ESXi Boot Screen

How to Setup vSphere 6.7U2 on Laptop/PC using VirtualBox ⇒ Video

To build ESXi using VirtualBox on a Desktop PC or Laptop, you can watch the following video and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

VirtualBox ESXi Installation Video

   Final Word


In this article, we have done a vSphere ESXi installation on a virtual machine. Thanks for following us!

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar for Bryan Rank Bryan Rank November 15, 2018

    I get an error between steps 14 and 15 on installing the ESXi. “file:///ks.cfg:line 3: bootproto –device= specified, but “undefined” was not found on the system.”

    This is a brand new server, HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10. Hardware all says compatible, setup with HPE storage manager as RAID 5. Can you think of any problems there? Can’t find this specific error anywhere.

    Reply
  2. Avatar for Zachary Diestelkamp Zachary Diestelkamp March 19, 2019

    When I run this, I end up with the inability to use datastores as it says i have 0 bytes

    Reply

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