How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14? – As you know, VMware ESXi is a server virtualization solution. In fact, you can test VMware ESXi by installing it on a physical server.
How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

Instead of a physical server, you can install and run VMware ESXi 6.5 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 gave information about What is VMware ESXi. And then, we created a new virtual machine for VMware ESXi. In this article, we will install VMware ESXi 6.5 step by step using the VMware Workstation 14 Pro virtualization program.

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

VMware 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 VMware ESXi 6.5.
  • For ESXi 6.5, NX/XD must be enabled for CPU (Processor) in BIOS.
  • For ESXi 6.5 there 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.
  • For ESXi 6.5, 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.

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

How to Install and Configure VMware ESXi in VMware Workstation?

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

  1. How to Install VMware Workstation on Windows 10?
  2. How to Install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu?

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

   Step 1

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

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 2

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

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 3

Run the VMware ESXi 6.5 virtual machine by clicking Power on this virtual machine.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 4

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

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 5

ESXi installation is starting…

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 6

Preparing installation files for ESXi…

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 7

Press the Enter button to continue in the Welcome to VMware ESXi 6.5.0 installation window.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 8

Press F11 to accept the license agreement.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 9

Wait while scanning existing devices.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 10

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

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 11

Press the Enter button to confirm disk selection.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 12

Type your root password and press Enter.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 13

Click the F11 button to confirm the VMware ESXi 6.5 installation.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 14

Wait while ESXi 6.5.0 is installing…

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 15

Installation of ESXi 6.5.0 has been successfully completed! Press Enter on the Remove the installation media before rebooting option.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 16

ESXi is restarting…

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 17

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

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 18

To connect to VMware ESXi 6.5, type the 192.168.238.153 IP address in the Internet Explorer address line and press Enter.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 19

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

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 20

After successfully connecting to VMware ESXi 6.5, type root in the username field and click on the Log in button after typing the password you set in the password field.

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 21

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

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 22

After connecting VMware ESXi 6.5, the first view is as follows!

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?

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  Final Word

How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14? – In this article, we have installed VMware ESXi  with the VMware Workstation 14 Pro virtualization program on the Windows 10 operating system. Thanks for following us!

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