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VMware: Complete installation VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0.0

I just finished the (first) installation of the new release: vSphere 5.0 , in this post I show you the complete installation of a VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0.0 host.

Installation process:


– Setup is loading files


– Setup is checking hardware


– Press [Enter] to continue


– Accept the EULA, press F11


– Setup is scanning hardware


– Select disk to install vSphere ESXi 5.0


– Select keyboard layout, in my case “Default”


– Configure “root” password



– Setup is started


– Few minutes later, the vSphere ESXi 5.0.0 installation has completed


– Restart server

Console and menu options:


– Console default screen


Configure Password

To prevent unauthorized access to this system, set the password for the user


Configure Management Network

To view or modify this host’s management network settings in detail, press (Enter).


Network Adapters

The adapters listed here provide the default network connection to and from this host. When two or more adapters


VLAN (optional)

A VLAN is a virtual network within a physical network. Because several VLAN’s can co-exist on the same physical network segment, VLAN configuration and partitioning is often more flexible, better isolated, and less expensive than flat networks based on traditional physical topology.

If you are unsure how to configure or use a VLAN, it is safe to leave this option unset.


IP Configuration

This host can obtain an IP address and other networking parameters automatically if you network includes a DHCP server. If not, ask you network administrator for the appropriate settings.


IPv6 Configuration

This host can be configured to support IPv6. A restart of the host will be required to enable or disable IPv6.


DNS Configuration

If this host is configured using DHCP, DNS server addresses and other DNS parameters can be obtained automatically. If not, ask you network administrator for the appropriate settings.


Custom DNS Suffixes

When using short, unqualified names, DNS queries will attempt to locate the specified host by appending the suffixes listed here in the order shown until a match is found or the list is exhausted.

If no suffixes are specified here, a default suffix list is derived from the local domain name.


Restart Management Network

Restarting management network interface may be required to restore networking or to renew a DHCP lease.

Restarting the management network will result in a brief network outage that may temporarily affect running virtual machines.

Note: If a renewed DHCP lease result in a new network identity (e.g., IP address or hostname), remote management software will be disconnected.


Test Management Network:

To perform a brief network test, press (Enter).

By default, this test will attempt to ping the configured default gateway, ping the configured primary and alternate DNS servers, and resolve the configured hostname.


Restore Network Settings

Restoring the network settings will revert all network configuration and will automatically configure the network with defaults.

Restoring the network settings will stop all the running virtual machines on the host.


Configure Keyboard

To select the layout type for the keyboard of this host, press (Enter).


Troubleshooting Options

To view various troubleshooting mode options like Enable ESXi Shell, Enable SSH and Restart Agents


Enable ESXi Shell

Change current state of the ESXi Shell


Enable SSH

Change current state of SSH


Modify ESXi Shell timeout

Modify the amount of time before shell logins are automatically disable


Restart Management Agents

The management agents are the programs that allow remote management software to monitor control of this host.

Restarting the management agents will disconnect all remote management software and will effect all running services


View System Logs

[1] Syslog
[2] Vmkernel
[3] Config
[4] Management Agents (hostd)
[5] Virtual Center Agent (vpxa)
[6] VMware ESXi Observation log (vodb)

Press the corresponding key to view a log.

Press [Q] to return to this screen


View Support Information

Serial Number
License Serial Number
SSL Thumbprint
SSH DSA Key Fingerprint
VMware Global Support Service


Reset System Configuration


All system parameters will be reverted to their software defaults, including any parameters customized by the hardware manufacturer. The root password will be reset to nothing, which may allow unauthorized access to you system. All virtual machines will be unregistered.

This operation requires a restart of the host. It is recommended to previously shut down or migrate running virtual machines off this host.

Connected to the host:



Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Lead (Sr.) Consultant by UNICA ICT Solutions. Sander has over 15 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization and modern worksplace.

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  1. Dino Sousa
    July 13th, 2011  (Quote) at 11:34  (Quote) | #1


    How can I get the esxi 5.0 iso file?

    Thanks in advance

  2. ashwin
    March 21st, 2012  (Quote) at 15:26  (Quote) | #2

    Very helpful. Thanks a lot!

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