VMware ESXi installation via PXE Boot

If the server you are using supports PXE boot, you can install or re-install your server operating system by booting to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot.

1. Once the server boot to the Cybercon Server Utilities via PXE boot, you can select Client Area from the menu. Please noted that entering the Client Area and using the utilities available in that area may cause data loss in the server (Such as clean OS reinstallation). Proceed only if you are 100% sure you do not need any data from the server or you have data backup in a different location outside the server.

2. In order to access the client area, you need to enter the word acknowledge as password to confirm that you understand the risk of losing data when performing OS installation.

3. Select Operating System Installation from the Client Area Menu.

4. Select VMware ESXi.

5. Select ESXi 5.1.0 for HP Server. (Or ESXi 5.1.0 if you are using other server.)

6. Select HP-ESXi-5.1.0-standard-iso Installer. (Or ESXi-5.1.0-799733-standard Installer)

7. The ESXi installer should start. Just hit Enter key to continue.

8. Press F-11 on your keyboard to accept the End User License Agreement and continue.

9. Select the destination disk and hit Enter.

10. Choose US Default for Keyboard layout.

11. Enter the password for the account root.

12. The server is ready to install. Just hit F-11 to install.

13. After the ESXi installer finish the installation, press Enter to reboot the server.

14. Hit the F-2 key to customize the server after it finish booting.

15. Log in with the user root and the password create in step 11.

16. In the main menu, select Configure Management Network.

17. Highlight Network Adapters on the left. In the right hand side, make sure Network Adapter vmnic0 is listed.

18. Now, scroll down to IP Configuration and hit Enter.

19. In the IP Configuration screen, select Set static IP address and network configuration” and enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway based on the information you received from Cybercon Welcome email. If you have questions regarding the IP address information, please contact Cybercon Support team via telephone, email or SMC support portal.

20. Once you finish entering the IP information, go back to the previous menu and choose DNS Configuration.

21. In the DNS Configuration screen, select Use the following DNS server address and hostname: and Enter 216,15,129,205 AS Primary DNS server and as Alternate DNS server. Also enter the host name for your server.

22. Once you finish entering the IP address and DNS information and hit ESC key back tot he main menu, the ESXi server will prompt whether you like to apply the changes you made or not. Just hit Y.

Now your ESXi server is ready to go and you can access the server with the VMware vSphere client.

VMware errors/Warning regarding Hardware Virtualization CPU feature

When you install VMWare ESXi hypervisor, the installer report the following error.

Error(s)/Warning(s) Found During Ssytem Scan
The system encountered the following warning(s).

Reboot the server and go to the CMOS/BIOS setup. Navigate to the CPU section and enable the Intel Virtualization Technology.

i.e. In HP Blade server CMOS/BIOS setup -> Advanced Options -> Processor Options -> Intel (R) Virtualization Technology -> Enabled.

VMware ESXi requires the Execute Disable/No Execute CPU feature to be enabled Error

When you try to install VMware ESXi Hypervisor in the HP Blade server, the VMware Installer report the following error.

The system has found a problem on your machine and cannot continue.
VMware ESXi requires the Execute Disable/No Execute CPU feature to be enabled.

To solve the problem, reboot the HP Blade server and hit F9 to enter the CMOS setup. In the main CMOS setup screen, choose Advanced Options. After that, scroll down to Processor Options…. In the next screen, you will find one line that said “No-Execute Memory Protection”. Choose that and select Enable afterward.

Once that is done, save the changes and exit the CMOS setup. The VMware ESXi installer should work fine now.

VM OS installation via ISO image in VMware Environment

There are few ways to install Operating System (OS) to the Virtual Machine (VM), one of the popular way is Upload an OS ISO image to the Host Machine and then mount that ISO image as a CD/DVD ROM and install the OS with it. Here is how to mount the ISO image to the VM.

1. After you log in to the VM Host machine via VMware vSphere client, right click the VM you want to install the OS and choose Edit Settings.

2. In the hardware window, click the CD/DVD drive. In the Device Status, make sure Connect at power on is checked. Then select the Datastore ISO File follow by clicking the Browse… button.

3. In the Browse Datastores window, double click the datastore (i.e. localstore).

4. Locate the ISO image and click OK.

5. Once you back to the previous screen, click OK to continue.

6. Highlight the VM and click the Green triangle to Power on the VM.

7. Right click the VM and choose Open Console.

8. The VM should boot from the CD/DVD image and you should be able to continue your OS installation whether it is CentOS or Windows.

Upload OS iso image to VMware Host machine.

If you are planning to install multiple virtual machines (VM) in the physical host with the same operating system (OS), you can save some time by uploading the OS ISO image to the physical host machine. So each time when you need to install or reinstall the OS to a VM, you can mount the OS ISO as a CD/DVD in the VM.

Here is how to upload the ISO image from your local computer to the remote VMware host machine.

1. Log in to your VMware host machine via VMware vSphere client.

2. Highlight the physical host machine name or IP address on the left hand side. Then single click the Configuration tab on the right and choose Storage. From there you will the datastore in your server. Right click the datastore (i.e. localstore) and choose Browse Datastore.

3. A new Datastore window will popup. Single click on the storage icon with an green up arrow and choose Upload File …

4. Locate and select the operating system ISO image from your local machine harddrive.

5. After you select the ISO image, vSphere client will upload the image to the Host Machine. It will take awhile to upload the file depends on your internet connection and size of the ISO image. Once that is done, you will see the ISO image in your Host Machine Datastore and it is ready to be used for OS installation.

Create Virtual Machine with VMware vSphere Client.

1. Open the VMware vSphere Client in your Windows Machine. Type your VMware IP address or host name, User name and Password in the text boxes provided.

2. Once you log in to your server, right click the server name or IP address and choose New Virtial Machine …

3. In the Create New Virtual Machine window, choose Typical and click Next.

4. Enter the name of the new virtual machine you are going to create and click Next.

5. Select the available storage (i.e. localstore) for the virtual machine and click Next.

6. Choose the Guest Operating System and click Next. Guest Operating System is the operating system you are planning to install in the new virtual machine.

7. Choose the number of Network Interface Card NIC you need qui vend viagra. You can select more than one even if there are only one physical network interface in the host machine. Under network, select VM Network and Adapter E1000. Make sure Connect at Power On is checked.

8. Enter the amount of hard disk space available to the new virtual machine. If you want the virtual hard disk grow as it goes, select Thin Provision. Click Next to continue.

9. In the next screen, review the settings and if everything looks find, click Finish to complete the setup.

10. Now, you should see the new virtual machine listed under the physical host machine. You can power on the virtual machine by highlighting it and click the Green play button.

How to install VMware vSphere hypervisor (ESXi)?

Before you install VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), you need to obtain the installation cd/iso. You can download it from here


Or visit www.vmware.com and click the Support and Download link there.

Once you obtain the ISO file, you can either burn a CD and install from it or mount the ISO as a install media if your server management console support it. (i.e. HP Blade server iLO management console interface)

1. Boot the Server from the VMware install CD/ISO. At the standard Boot Menu, just hit ENTER to choose the ESXi standard installer.

2. At the VMware ESXi installation welcome screen, press ENTER to continue.

3. In the next screen, press F11 key on your keyboard to accept the license and continue.

4. If you server equipment with a USB flash drive, select it and hit ENTER.

5. Choose the default keyboard. i.e. US Default. Hit ENTER to continue.

6. The installer will prompt you for the root password. Enter the password you prefer and hit ENTER to continue.

7. In the next screen, the installer will ask you to confirm the server installation. Press F11 to confirm and install.

8. After the installer finish copying files and configurating the server, it will ask you to hit the ENTER key to reboot. Hit the ENTER and the server will start rebooting. Be sure to remove the CD disc or disconnect the ISO image from the server.

9. Once the server finish rebooting to the VMware ESXi main screen, press F2 to customize it.

10. Log in to the server as user root with the password you enter during the installation.

11. At the System Customization screen, use the up/down arrow keys on your keyboard, scroll down to Configure Management Network and hit ENTER.

12. In the next screen, scroll to Network Adapters. Make sure the vmnic0 is listed. That is usually the server network interface that connects to the internet.

13. Now, scroll down to IP Configuration and hit ENTER.

14. In the IP Configuration screen, select Set static IP address and network configuration. Then enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway based on the Welcome Email you received from Cybercon. Once that is done, press ENTER to save the settings and exit to the previous menu.

15. Now, scroll down to DNS Configuration and hit ENTER.

16. Enter the DNS Server information based on the Welcome Email you received from Cybercon.

17. Once you finish entering the DNS information, press ENTER to save the setting and back to the main screen, then press the ESC key to exit to the Main menu.

18. The server may prompt you to confirm the new settings, Just press Y to apply the changes. That will restart the management network in the server as well.

19. That should do it, Hit the ESC key again to log out from the server.

20. In your Windows workstation, start the VMware vSphere client. If you do not have a vSphere client installed, you can download it from your server. Just go to https:// and download it from there.

Once you install and have the vSphere client running, enter your server IP address or host name at the IP address / Name field. Log in with user name root and the password you created during the installation.

21. If the server pop up with a Security Warning window, just check the box next to Install this certificate and do not display any security warnings for …. and press the Ignore button.

22. At the main screen, the server will complaint about it does not have persistent storage, just click the link that say click here to create a datastore…

23. A new Add Storage pop up window should appear. For Storage Type, choose Disk/LUN and click Next.

24. From the Select Disk/LUN screen, click the local disk and click Next.

25. For File System Version, choose VMFS-5 and click Next.

26. In the next screen, the vSphere will display the Current Disk Layout, just click Next to continue.

27. For the datastore name, you can enter any name. i.e. localstore. Click Next after that.

28. For Maximum file size and capacitity of the datastore, select Maximum avaliable space and click Next.

29. In the next screen, click the Finsh button to finish the process.

30. Once you are back to the main screen, click the Configuration tab at the top follow by clicking the Licensed Features under Software link on the left. An Edit link should appear on the right now, Click the Edit… link to enter the license.

31. Select Assign a new license key to this host and press the Enter Key button.

32. Enter the License Key you obtained from VMware or Cybercon. You can get a free license key from VMware (limited features) or purchase a License from Cybercon (VMware Professional Partner)
33. Once you enter the License key, everything is set. Now you should be able to create your Virtual Machines from within the vSphere client.

How to install operating systems in HP Blader servers via Remote Console

Client Requirement: Windows OS with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) version 8 or above and Java installed.

1. Open IE from your PC and go to iLO URL provided by Cybercon.
2. Log in with your customer ID and Password.
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4. Right below the heading “Virtual Media”, click the “Virtual Media Applet” link.
5. A new Java applet window will pop up. Click the “Browse” button in “Virtual CD/DVD-ROM” section. Locate your Operating System ISO image in your local drive and open it.
6. Click the “Connect” button to mount the ISO image as CD/DVD drive. Once that is done, you should see a green light next to the drive icon.
7. Now, single click the “Remote Console” tab next to “Virtual Media”. Then click the “Integrated Remote Console” link to launch the Remote Console.
8. The Remote Console will popup as a new window. At the upper right hand side, click the “Power On” icon and follow by clicking “Momentary Press” under “Virtual Power Button”. That should power on your dedicated server.
9. Follow the onscreen OS installation wizard to finish the installation.
Note: If you are installing Windows server 2003/2008/2008R2, you need to install drivers provided by HP after the OS installation is completed, you can find the driver from the following link.