How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5? – Before installing an operating system on VMware ESXi 6.5, you need to create a new virtual machine. You will also need to add the operating system’s ISO file to the virtual machine you are creating.
How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?
If you want to create a test environment with VMware ESXi 6.5, we recommend purchasing a physical server. Because the most important thing for VMware ESXi 6.5 training is a physical server. However, if you can not purchase a server due to your budget, you can use the VMware Workstation virtualization program.
VMware Workstation for VMware ESXi training/learning may be wrong, but you can use it for the test environment. VMware Workstation is in the Hypervisor Type 2 class while VMware ESXi is in the Hypervisor Type 1 class.
As a result, using Hypervisor Type 1 on Hypervisor Type 2 will be illogical. However, you can use it in test environments.
You can access our previous VMware ESXi articles from the following links;
- What is VMware ESXi 6.5?
- How to Install VMware ESXi 6.5 on VMware Workstation 14?
- How to Create Virtual Machine in VMware ESXi 6.5?
- How to Add ISO Files to Datastore in VMware ESXi 6.5?
Also, if you are wondering what is the hypervisor, you can browse the relevant article from here.
How to Install and Configure Windows 7 using VMware ESXi 6.5?
Follow the steps below for installing Windows 7 64-bit operating system on VMware ESXi 6.5.
Connect to the web interface of VMware ESXi server and click Virtual Machines to create a new virtual machine for Windows 7, and then click Create / Register VM.
In the New Virtual Machine window, select Create a new virtual machine and then click Next.
Type in the virtual machine name and click Next when you have set the operating system version and family.
Select the datastore on which the Windows 7 virtual machine will be installed. Since there is only one datastore on VMware ESXi, datastore1 will be selected by default. Continue to Windows 7 installation by clicking on the Next button.
To add the ISO file to the Windows 7 virtual machine, select Datastore ISO File from CD/DVD Drive 1.
Once the Datastore Browser is open, select the Windows 7 64-bit ISO file and click the Select button.
Activate the Hardware Virtualization and Performance Counters features for the Windows 7 virtual machine and click the Next button.
After configuring the virtual machine, click on the Next button.
The summary information of the Windows 7 virtual machine is as follows. Click on the Finish button to close the window.
To start the Windows 7 installation on VMware ESXi 6.5, click Power on.
Click on Windows Logo to open the Windows 7 virtual machine console screen. After the Windows 7 installation begins, configure your language, keyboard, and time settings, and then click Next.
To accept the Windows 7 license agreement, select I accept the license terms and click Next.
Make a disk configuration for Windows 7 and select Disk 0 Partition 2 and click Next.
Wait while expanding Windows files.
Type your username and computer name, and then click Next to continue.
If you want to configure the Windows 7 license key later, click Next.
Configure your time zone and click Next.
Wait while completing Windows your settings…
The steps to install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5 has completed successfully! Now, we will install Windows 7 VMware Tools on VMware ESXi.
How to Install VMware Tools for Windows 7 Virtual Machine on VMware ESXi 6.5?
After you set up the virtual machine on VMware ESXi, the first thing you need to do is to install VMware Tools. After installing VMware Tools, you can use the virtual machine more efficiently. You can also use the virtual machine in full-screen mode.
To install VMware Tools for a Windows 7 virtual machine on VMware ESXi 6.5, follow the steps below.
Select Windows 7 on the VMware ESXi 6.5 virtual machine screen. Then the Windows 7 virtual machine’s setting window will open. To start VMware Tools installation, click Actions and click Guest OS from the options listed. From the options in the Guest OS, click on Install VMware Tools.
The installation of VMware Tools on the Windows 7 virtual machine will start as shown below. Click Next to start the VMware Tools installation.
In the Choose Setup Type window, select the Complete option and click the Next button.
Click the Install button to start the VMware Tools installation.
After successfully completing the VMware Tools installation of Windows 7 virtual machine, click Finish.
Restart the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.
The steps for installing Windows 7 using VMware ESXi have been successfully completed! You can check the operating system information from My Computer / Properties.
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How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5? – In this article, we have installed the Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit operating system using VMware ESXi 6.5 server virtualization software. We also have reviewed the steps to install VMware Tools on VMware ESXi. Thanks for following us!
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