VMWare ESX Server Welcome screenVMware ESX Server is mainframe-class virtual machine software that runs on a Linux kernel. It is a highly scalable platform that increases the efficiency of Intel-based hardware. In this screenshot gallery, Steven Warren shows you how to install ESX server.
VMware ESX Server has some hefty minimum hardware requirements:
- Two CPUs (supports up to 16)
- Processors must be at least 900 MHz Pentium III Xeon
- 512 MB of RAM
- At least one Ethernet card
- SCSI, Fibre Channel, or RAID controller
If you have installed a Linux distribution such as Red Hat Linux, then you'll notice that several parts of the ESX Server installation are very similar. That's because ESX Server is built on a Linux kernel, as mentioned above. You will install ESX Server just like you would an operating system because it is a stand-alone operating system. Unlike VMware Workstation and VMware GSX Server, ESX Server does not have to be installed on top of an OS.
Put the ESX Server installation CD into the server's tray and boot up the computer. You are presented with the ESX Server Welcome screen. Click Next and then keep the default installation option and choose Next again.
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