VMware - Installation and / or upgrade to ESXi 7

How to perform the installation and / or upgrade to ESXi 7.0b

In this article we will, I will demonstrate how to perform the installation of ESXi 7.0b. However, the procedure also applies to update the existing ESXi.

But after all, why update the version of ESXi?

With the latest version, you will be able to enjoy the latest ESXi 7 features, among them, the main ones are listed below (in my opinion):

Modernize Kubernetes applications and workloads faster:

Building your hybrid cloud infrastructure faster with vSphere 7 and including enterprise-grade Kubernetes in your existing infrastructure, using vSphere with Tanzu.

Read more:

Understanding and using DEDUP
Integrating CentOS with Active Directory
Storing SSH keys in Active Directory for easy deployment
11 Network commands that every Windows administrator should use
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Reduce complexity and scale without compromise:

Maintaining configurations easily with new vSphere tools that increase flexibility and automation.

Simplify operations and updates:

Simplifying software lifecycle management, patching and firmware updates, and managing modern applications for your inherently secure hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Execute artificial intelligence and machine learning workload demands in real time.

Getting the most use out of devices and generating savings by creating a shared pool of GPUs.

To perform the demonstration of the procedure, the items used are listed below:

PowerEdge R240 rack server
Sandisk 32 GB PenDrive
Rufus (bootable pendrive maker)


1 - Download the iso on VMware website

2 - Create the “bootable” thumb drive with Rufus.

Installation procedure:

1 - Turn on the server
2 - Press the F12, F10, F8 or F4 key (depending on your server model) and enter the boot menu;
3 - Select the pen drive and press the Enter key;

The operating system will now load

4 - On the welcome screen, press the Enter key:

5 - On the Licensing screen, press the F11 key to accept and continue with the installation:

6 - Wait for the drives to be scanned:

7 - Select the hard drive where the ESXi will be installed and press enter to continue:

8 - Select the option “Install ESXI, overwrite VMFS datastore” and press the enter key:

Note: On this server, ESXi 6.7.3 was installed. That is why the screen for selecting options appears:

* Upgrade ESXi, preserve VMFS datastore = Upgrade the ESXi version and preserve the datastore files.
* Install ESXi, preserve VMFS datastore = Install ESXi, preserving the datastore files.
* Install ESXi, overwrite VMFS datastore = Install ESXi, and overwrite files in the datastore.

9 - Select your keyboard model and press Enter:

10 - Set a password for the root user.

Remember this password well and / or keep it in a safe place. Like, for example, the software KeePass.

11 - During the process, I was signaled by the fact that the server's CPU Dell PowerEdge R210 II not support future versions of ESXi.

WARNING: For the production environment, it is essential to carry out the validation of Compatibility matrix ESXi 7 installation instructions.

But as it is in a laboratory environment and I am aware, we will follow.

12 - On the confirmation screen, press the F11 key to sequence:

13 - Wait for the installation process:

14 - After completing the installation process, select the option “Remove the installation media before rebooting” to remove the installation media and restart the server.

Press enter to restart the server:

15 - Wait for the server to restart:

16 - ESXi operating system booted:

In the next article, I will show you the first settings and validation of access via the web.

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Source: VMware - Installation and / or upgrade to ESXi 7

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