Vmware esxi Free Home Lab Step By Step Instructions P1

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Vmware esxi Free Home Lab Step By Step Instructions P1

vmware esxi home lab

In this series of article, we will setup Vmware ESXi free home lab and will install SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager). In the end, we will also deploy a test package… probably Adobe Reader XI.

Vmware ESXi Free Lab Requirements:

Every individual has a different kind of lab at home. In this setup, I will be using following hardware and software.

Vmware Esxi Free Lab Hardware Utilized:

  1. PC with 8 GB RM and AMD 4100 Quad-Core Processor (we will use this machine to control our lab)
  2. IBM Lenovo Think Server TS440 with 16GB Ram.
  3. For better performance, I have also installed Samsung SSD EVO 850on Think Server TS440.
  4. Writeable DVD (You can also use USB if you desire to do so)

Vmware Esxi Free Lab Software Utilized:

  1. Windows 7 (If you like you can try newer version of Microsoft Windows)
  2.  UltraISO (This will be used to burn the ISO images – Get Free Trial Here)
  3. VMware – VMvisor Installer Version 6.0 – Download Here
  4. VMware – VSphere Client 6.0 Download Here
  5. VMware – vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Download Here

Let’s Start Building VMware Esxi Free lab….

I have already installed Windows 7 and Ultra ISO on my machine. I have also downloaded all the required VMware software and placed them in one folder as shown in the pic below.


Step 1: Burn VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.iso  bootable USB drive. Quick instructions can be found at Rufus. In my case, I burnt the ISO on RW DVD using UltraISO.

Step 2: Enable Virtualization Technology  (VT) in bios. In my case, those settings are under the Advanced tab. Please check your motherboard documentation for this option.


Step 3: Boot the server with DVD or USB. You will be prompted with the following screen. Select ESXi -6.0 ** Standard Installer and press enter.



Step 4: Press {Enter} to Continue


Step 5: Press {F11} to continue


Step 6: Select the  drive where you want to install Esxi and press {Enter} to continue. In my case its Samsung SSD

Warning: You will lose all the data on the partition selected. So verify before you move further.


Step 7: Select the Language and press {Enter} to continue – US Keyboard in my case.


Step 8: Enter a strong password. You will use this password to connect with Esxi server.


Step 9: Press {F11} to Install


Step 10: Press {Enter} to Reboot


System will reboot and will start with VMware Esxi


In my next post, we will be configuring VMware Esxi

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