Install vSphere 6.7

How to Install VMware vSphere 6.7

In this article I will show you how to install VMware vSphere 6.7. If you are looking for instructions about how to install vSphere 6.5, you can find them here.

To start, you need an installation iso for vSphere 6.7, which you can download from your My.VMware account. From here, I downloaded VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0-8169922.x86_64.iso (vSphere 6.7 build 8169922). I will install vSphere into a virtual machine (beware, this is a configuration unsupported by VMware, but often seen in home labs), so I will just mount the iso file into the CD drive and power on the VM.

Install VMware vSphere 6.7

As soon as the VM boots, you will see a “Loading ESXi installer screen”:

Install vSphere 6.7 - Loading ESXi installer

We can see now the well-known yellow screen. Nothing to do, just wait:

Install vSphere 6.7 - Loading

Few moments later we need to confirm the operation. Press Enter to continue, or Cancel to abort:

Install vSphere 6.7 - Welcome

Read and accept the End User License Agreement. Press F11 to accept EULA and continue the installation or Escape to abort it.

Install vSphere 6.7 - EULA

Next phase is a short one, vSphere is scanning our storage devices for few seconds to find available devices.

Install vSphere 6.7 - Scanning

We now have to make our first decision: where do we install vSphere. In my case I have a single 40 GB disk so I will just press Enter to continue. You may have multiple devices listed here, make sure you plan where do you want to install vSphere and make the choice accordingly.

Install vSphere 6.7 - Select Disk

Next we have to select the desired keyboard layout. I will keep the default one (US Default). I will press Enter to continue.

Install vSphere 6.7 - Select Keyboard

We now need to enter the secret root password twice. Check this article for ESXi password requirements. Press Enter to continue.

Install vSphere 6.7 - Passwords

We need now to confirm the installation. This is the last wizard step where you can cancel the installation. Press F11 to proceed.

Install vSphere 6.7 - Confirm Installation

Installation starts immediately:

Install vSphere 6.7 - Installing

Installation process is pretty quick. In few minutes you will see the “Installation Complete” message! As instructed on-screen, remove the installation kit you used to boot the server up, then press Enter to reboot.

Install vSphere 6.7 - Installation Complete

vSphere starts the reboot process.

Install vSphere 6.7 - Rebooting

In few minutes, VMware vSphere 6.7 will be up and running! You can now use the IP address listed in on your screen to configure vSphere.

Install vSphere 6.7 - All Done

Open your favorite browser and go to the IP address listed in your vSphere. Ignore the certificate warning and login using root account and the password you created earlier during the installation. You will connect to the ESXi Client.

Install vSphere 6.7 - ESXi Client

Enjoy your new vSphere 6.7 server, release build 8169922!

Constantin Ghioc

I usually play with vSphere API, Ansible, vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, and different AWS tools. In my other life I’m a husband and a father, an amateur photographer and a Go enthusiast.

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