VMware Lab 2: Configuring ESXi Host (And Installing)

In this lab, we will install an ESXi host and configure it.


First, we boot via the ESXi ISO and wait for the installer to setup.

NOTE: When choosing the type of VM ESXi says it is not supported but continuing through the setup does not cause any issues.

Now following the basic install steps to install ESXi, by choosing the install location and also the root password.

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Now the ESXi host is installed I now need to setup the network so that I can add it to my VCS to be able to follow the labs.

So first I added my network information

Then I added my DNS information

Finally finishing up with a ping test.

Now that I have connectivity to and from my host (NOTE: I added a DNS A record during this setup) I can now add my host to my VCS. (Taking note that a data center needed to be created first)

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Now host and been setup we can now follow lab 2.

Task 1: Examine the ESXi Host Hardware Configuration

Here we need to go into Hardware Health and check the sensors to verify everything is normal, and in my case everything is.

After checking off that there are no sensor warnings we now need to view the processor information.

And then the RAM

Task 2: Configure the DNS and Routing Information for an ESXi Host

Now we need to go into DNS configuration and set some of the parameters, also the book is using the flash version which has a different layout to HTML so it takes a we bit of searching to find the right menu.

When I setup my ESXi Host I set it up with the basics, but I need to add a hit more infomation, so i’ll go ahead and add that in now.

Also I need to check the routing tab to confirm the gateway is correct, i’m not using a gateway as this point but it’s there anyway.

Task 3: Configure an ESXi Host to Use Directory Services

Now I need to configure ESXi to use Active Directory to manage users.

I need to go into Authentication Services and click ‘Join Domain’

And to confirm we are connected we can look in the Authentication Services tab.

Another way to confirm this is to go into Active Directory Users and Computers.

Lab Complete.


This lab really answered a few questions I have about VTC and data stores, it was good to be able to create a data store then add my host in side of it, which then gives me full control.

I like the freedom I have with these labs and I learnt a fair bit by just exploring some one the menus inside of the VTC.

I did not face any issues when installing ESXi as I have done it before, but I have had issues before with it where I set the DNS host name wrong. Oh that also reminded me that I was wondering why my DNS ping was not working but that was because I never added the A host record…


Also to confirm I have a connection to my VTC, ESXI and VSIM see GIF below using my WIN 8 Client.



Post Author: Nicholas Wilkinson

I am a 3rd year Networking Major in my IT BIT degree. I have a passion for Cloud Computing and IOT devices.

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