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How to Install VMware ESXi on Beelink Mini PC

2023-12-09 11:53:19

Introduction:

ESXi is a server virtualization operating system (OS) developed by VMware. It allows multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical server, with each virtual machine capable of running an independent OS along with its applications. It is a lightweight OS that only provides essential functions to support the operation of virtual machines, thus offering high performance and perfect stability. By optimizing hardware resource utilization, ESXi handily reduces the costs of hardware procurement and maintenance. Additionally, it facilitates easy backup and recovery, offering improved business reliability and practicality.

 

Tools:

1. Prepare a USB drive with a capacity of 8GB or more. Please backup your configuration beforehand as writing the image will erase everything on the flash drive.

2. Download the VMware ESXi installation program from the OEM webpage or VMware's official download portal.

See https://my.vmware.com/.

3. Download "Rufus" to create a bootable USB drive.

See https://rufus.ie/zh/


Steps:

1. Open Rufus and insert the USB drive.


2. Select the downloaded ISO image file and click "Start" to write it to the USB drive. 


If prompted, select "Write in ISO Image mode". 


Wait patiently for the writing process to finish


3. After the writing process is complete, insert the USB drive into the mini PC. Upon booting up, press the "F7" key on the keyboard to enter the boot menu. Select the USB drive you just inserted and press Enter to enter the system installation program. The loading process may take some time, please be patient.




4. Once the loading is complete, you will enter the installation interface. Press Enter for the next step.


5. Press the F11 key to continue with the installation steps.


6. Next, select a disk (to install ESXi on) according to your needs. Press Enter for the next step.


7. Select a keyboard layout. The default option is recommended. Press Enter for the next step.


8. Enter a root password. Press Enter for the next step.


9. Press F11 and patiently wait for the installation to finish.



10. At this point, the ESXi system has been installed successfully. Eject the USB drive and press Enter to wait for the mini PC to reboot.


11. If the following screen appears after reboot, it indicates a successful installation. The installation of the entire VMware ESXi system is completed.


12. Next, set a static IP address for VMware ESXi. Press F2 to enter, and it will prompt you to enter the login password. The login name is "root" and the password is the one you set during installation. Then press Enter.


13. Use the arrow keys to navigate to "Configure Management Network" and press Enter.


14. Next, select "IPv4 Configuration" and press Enter.


15. Move the cursor to the third option and press the Space key to select it. Enter the IPv4 Address that you need for VMware ESXi, ensuring it is in the same network segment as the router. Then enter the Subnet Mask as 255.255.255.0. In the third line, enter the Default Gateway of the router. Once set, press Enter to confirm the configurations.


16. Press the Esc key to return to the main page and select "Yes" to apply the changes.


17. At this point, the installation and configuration of VMware ESXi are complete. Enter the static IP address in a web browser to access the virtual machine console.


18. The browser may display a privacy error prompt. Click on "Advanced" and select "Continue to access" to proceed.


19. Enter the login name "root" and the password to access the console interface. It is now ready for use.