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How to Install VMware ESX Server 3

This article describes how to install the ESX Server software step by step with screenshot.

Note 1: when installing ESX Server on IDE/ATA or SATA drives, keep in mind the following considerations.
• For IDE/ATA RAID: Make sure that your controller for an IDE/ATA RAID is included in the supported hardware. Do not use IDE/ATA RAIDs to store virtual machines. Virtual machines must be stored on VMFS partitions configured on a SCSI or SATA drive, a SCSI RAID, or a SAN. VMFS refers to the VMware file system used by ESX Server.
• For SATA drives: Ensure that your SATA drives are connected through supported SAS controllers. Do not use SATA disks to create VMFS datastores shared across multiple ESX Server hosts. To install ESX Server:

Note 2: Make sure the network cable is plugged into your primary Ethernet adapter. The ESX Server installer needs a live network connection to properly detect certain network settings and receive TCP/IP settings from a DHCP server.

Note 3: if the ESX Server is connected to a SAN, VMware recommends temporarily disconnecting the ESX Server from the SAN prior to installation to avoid the risk of accidentally overwriting the data on a shared LUN.

Note 2: Make sure the network cable is plugged into your primary Ethernet adapter. The ESX Server installer needs a live network connection to properly detect certain network settings and receive TCP/IP settings from a DHCP server.

Note 3: if the ESX Server is connected to a SAN, VMware recommends temporarily disconnecting the ESX Server from the SAN prior to installation to avoid the risk of accidentally overwriting the data on a shared LUN.

1. Turn on the machine and inset VMware ESX Server CD/DVD in the CD/DVD drive.

2. The ESX Server begins its boot. If it doesn't boot from the CD/DVD, reboot it and press
the key required to enter your machine’s BIOS Setup page. This key is often F1, F2, or F10. Set the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device and reboot the machine.

3. In Welcome to the ESX Server 3.5 Installer screen, click Next to continue.

 

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