With the release of vSphere 5.1 now, and some of the new features, I decided to dedicate a new series of posts just to 5.1, and install it all in my lab environment – from the ground up.
First off – this is a clean slate – I won’t be doing any upgrades – everything will be a fresh install.
HP ML330 G6
- 1 Xeon E5504 Quad Core
- 64 GB RAM
- 8x 300 GB SAS 15k in Raid 5
Since I am using a single server, I will be running mutiple nested ESXi servers. (See previous post – Creating a Nested ESXi 5 Environment)
Now onto the install:
Install ESXi 5.1:
This really is self explanatory anymore. Insert CD, pres enter and F11 a couple of times – and you are good to go. I did use the HP Customized image, since this is a HP server.
Prepare for Nested ESXi:
The steps are the same as with 5.0.
- echo ‘vhv.allow = “true” ‘ >> /etc/vmware/config
- Enable promiscuous mode on vswitch