Step-by-step: Installing ESXi as a virtual machine

Select operating system to run on VM

The virtual machine creation wizard will then ask what operating system the guest virtual machine will run. ESXi is not Linux, but it is most aligned to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, x64.

Classic ESX was based from the Red Hat Linux operating system with the vmkernel hypervisor added. ESXi as it is today is what I like to refer to as a JeOS for vmkernel. Just enough (of an) operating system to run vmkernel, which is the VMware hypervisor.


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