Installing ESXI on the Cisco UCS Blade Server

ESXI is an Server Virtualisation Hypervisor, provided by VMware.Inc. This enables to create a Virtualized Environment by creating Virtual Machines(VM’s), which shares hardware resources.

A Cisco UCS(Unified Computing System) is a Datacenter server computer product line composed of computer hardware virtualization support, switching fabric, and management software.

Step 1: Login to the UCS Manager – Select the Server to install the ESXi which will be under Equipment – Chassis – Servers

Once you select the server – in the General Tab – Select KVM Console (this opens in a new tab browser)

Step 2: Now Attach the ESXi ISO Image to the Blade server. Select the Virtual Media – CD/DVD – Browse the ISO image and Map the Device

Step 3: Once the ISO Image is attached – While the blade is booting – Enter to the Boot Menu by pressing F6

Select the boot device as DVD

Step 4: Now we get the screen to boot the OS using the DVD – Select the ESXi ISO Image

Step 5: Now the ESXi Image loads

Step 6: Once the Image loads all the files, the Initializing process starts

Step 7: After the Initialization completes, Provide the Consent to proceed

Step 8: Accept the License Agreement by press F11

Step 9: Scans for the Hard Drives to install or upgrade the ESXi Image

Step 10: Select the Hard disk to install the ESXI Image – Local or Remote

Step 11 : Select the option to proceed – if you already have existing ESXI Image – Select upgrade otherwise install new ESXi

Step 12: Confirm the option selected by pressing F11

Step 13: Installation/Upgradation Progresses

Step 14 : Once after the installation is completed – Select Remove Media and Reboot the Blade to load the newly installed ESXi Server

Step 15: After Reboot, the ESXi loads the files and initialises the OS

Step 16 : Once its completed, you will get the Login Screen to the ESXi Server

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