For Lab Only, Not for Production

Running a nested ESXi server, on another ESXi server, is definitely not supported by VMware, but it is an excellent way to experiment, and explore setting up a VMware Environment.

Since the VCSA isn’t installed, log into the Host’s HTML5 client and select Create VM

Create a new virtual machine. Click Next

Assign a name, select compatibility, OS Family, OS Version, and click Next

Select the datastore to store the VM

Make any Guest resource changes as desired. Change CD/DVD To Datastore ISO

and navigate to the location where the ESXi Install ISO is stored

Click Next

Click Finish

Power on the VM, and click on the little remote window to open a remote console tab

ESXi should be seen booting

Press Enter to continue

Press F11 to Accept the EULA

The install should search and find the hard drive, select it, and press Enter to continue

Select keyboard layout, press Enter to continue

Create the Root password, and verify

This Error/Warning comes up if CPU virtualization options, or it VT features are not available on the CPU

Shut down the VM, edit VM settings, Expand out CPU and select, Hardware Virtualization, IOMMU, Performance Counters, and Save

Power on the VM perform the previous steps, press F11 to install

Press Enter to Reboot, Prior to rebooting edit the VM setting and change CD/DVD to Client

Once the ESX VM has booted, Press F2 to configure

Enter the Root password

Select Configure Management Network

Select IPv4 Configuration

Select Set Static IP address, and enter the IP information

Select DNS Configuration

Select Use the Following Addresses, enter DNS Server IPs, and assign a hostname

Select Custom DNS Suffixes

Enter the lab domain

Press ESC, and Yes to restart management network

Press F12 to Reboot

Press F11 to Restart

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