This is a probably silly post, but I wanted to create a reference for all of those guys installing ESXi 5.1 in general and using VirtualBox, the steps are the same as ESXi 5.0, so here we go:
ESXi Machine Configuration on VirtualBox:
For the VM, create a Lunix 64-bit machine, and configure it as following:
at least 2100 MB of memory (ESXi installation will not complete if he detects memory below 2 GB):
For the CPU, configure the machine with at least 2 processors, the installation will not continue if have 1 CPU:
You might want to configure acceleration, however you won’t be able to start 64-bit machines on ESXi nested inside VirtualBox, this is because the VB doesn’t virtualize the CPU virtualization capabilities to VMs running inside it (sad).
For the network, make sure to select a network that is detectable by the ESXi installation:
once done, map the ISO file and let us rockNroll .
Installing ESXi 5.1:
The screenshots are direct:
Once done you are on the go, wait for the installation to complete.
Installing vCenter 5.1:
vCenter 5.1 introduce the new SSO thing, in this article, I am choosing to install the Basic SSO/vCenter combination, for the full SSO cluster thing, I will highly recommend http://derek858.blogspot.com/2012/09/vmware-vcenter-51-installation-part-1.html
Let us start with our next, next ok Journey:
Once done with the SSO, setup will prompt you for the service information:
So once installed you are done with your single server installation, congrats….