How to install Operating System in the VMware ESXi server using vSphere Client

You can install a guest operating system from a CD-ROM or from an ISO image. Installing from an ISO image is typically faster and more convenient than a CD-ROM installation.

Prerequisites:
  • Verify that the installation ISO image file is present on a Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) datastore or network file system (NFS) volume accessible to the ESXi host.
  • Verify that you have the installation instructions corresponding to the operating system that you have chosen to install.
Procedure:
  • Open the vSphere Client and log in to the VMware ESXi  host on which the virtual machine resides.

  • Select an installation method.

OptionAction
CD-ROMInsert the installation CD-ROM for your guest operating system into the CD-ROM drive of your ESXi host.
ISO Imagea) Right-click the virtual machine in the inventory list and select Edit Settings.

b) Click the Hardware tab and select CD/DVD Drive.

c) In the Device Type panel, select Datastore ISO File and browse for the ISO image for your guest operating system.

  • Right-click the virtual machine and select Power > Power On. A green right arrow appears next to the virtual machine icon in the inventory list.

  • Follow the installation instructions that the operating system vendor provides.
What to do next ?

VMware tools have to be installed on the guest operating system for accelerating the hardware and performance of the virtual machine. Click on Install/Upgrade VMware Tools for installing vmware tools

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