Install and Configure the ESXi 6.0 Hypervisor

How-to's and best practices help you get ESXi 6.0 installed and running fast | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

The ESXi hypervisor is the foundation on which all of VMware's virtual infrastructure is based. So, installing and configuring ESXi correctly is essential to realizing the benefits of VMware's vSphere virtualization suite.

This introductory course helps you:

  • Understand VMware's ESXi hypervisor
  • Size your PC Server to match your virtual machine workload
  • Through the installation process of getting ESXi 6.0 onto your PC server
  • Use the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to perform post install tasks
  • Perform post install configuration tasks relating to time services, security, access control and more
  • Access your ESXi host via a web browser, using vSphere Client and via console and network command line
  • Install, configure and use ESXi according to best practices

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to install ESXi correctly and use it effectively.

Larry Karnis
Larry Karnis
VMware Certified Professional - Author, Consultant, Lecturer

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Many name is Larry Karnis - and I create courses that will help you start your career as a VMware vSphere 6.5 administrator, and help you build you knowledge and skill in vSphere 6.5 advanced features and capabilities. 

With Video-On-Demand training, I can provide more insight and detail, without the time constraints that a normal instructor led training class would impose. My goals are to:

  • Give you a better training experience than classroom training
  • Help you learn more than you can learn in a 5 day class
  • Give you the opportunity to learn at your own pace
  • Provide you to supporting books and hands-on lab rentals

At price points that you (or your boss) will appreciate.

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ESXLab maintains a pool of high-scoring, experienced instructors who would be glad to lead this event at your place of work. If you have 5 or more people and would like to run live instructor led (distance or on-site) training, please contact me for a quote.

About Me

I am an Information Technology consultant / trainer with over 30 years of experience in system administration, networking, security, infrastructure and security.

I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer / consultant before moving to Linux in 1995. I started working with VMware products in 2001 and decided to focus exclusively on VMware in 2004. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have also earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5.

My VMware Work Experience

  • I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 14 years. I have lead literally hundreds of classes and taught thousands of people how to use VMware. I teach both introductory and advanced VMware classes.
  • I worked for VMware as a senior contract VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and consultant for almost 5 years. One of my regular duties was to help mentor new VCI's - helping them prepare for and successfully deliver vSphere classes.
  • After leaving VMware, I launched my own training business focused on VMware virtualization in 2008. In 2013, VMware called me back to help them ramp up support services for the upcoming vSphere 5.1 product launch.
  • Prior to VMware, I worked as a contract consultant / trainer for RedHat (I hold RHCE, RHCI and RHCX), Global Knowledge, Learning Tree and many other training and consulting companies.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Math) from the University of Toronto, Canada. 

I also hold numerous industry certifications including VMware Certified Professional on VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 and vSphere 4 & 5 (ret.), VMware Certified Instructor (ret.), RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE), RedHat Certified Instructor (RHCI) and RedHat Certified Examiner (RHCX) as well as certifications from LPI, HP, SCO and others.

I hope to see you in one of my VMware classes very soon... If you have questions, please contact me directly.

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Larry Karnis

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Course Curriculum

Install and Configure the ESXi 6.0 Hypervisor
How to Install, Configure and Use the ESXi 6.0 Hypervisor FREE TRIAL
Stand Alone ESXi Hypervisor FREE TRIAL
Chapter Project Plan FREE TRIAL
ESXi Hypervisor Block Diagram FREE TRIAL
Scaling Up Networking, Storage FREE TRIAL
ESXi Server Hardware FREE TRIAL
ESXi Embedded, Installable
ESXi Install Steps
ESXi Installer Boot Screen
Accept the VMware End User License Agreement
Select the ESXi Target Install Volume
Performing and ESXi In Place Upgrade
Select the Keyboard. Set the root (Administrator) Password
Hardware Virtualization Assist (Potential) Warning Screen
Enabling Physical CPU Hardware Virtualization Assist
Ready to Install ESXi 6.0
ESXi 6 - Installation Completed
ESXi 6 Direct Console User Interface
Log in to ESXi for the First Time
ESXi DCUI Configuration Menu
Default Management Port Internet Protocol Settings
Configure ESXi 6.0 Management Network
Select ESXi Physical NICs for Management Services
ESXi 6 Physical Network Adapter Details
IPv4 Management Port Configuration
IPv6 Management Port Configuration
DNS Client Configuration
Define Custom DNS Suffixes
Apply Network Changes
Test ESXi Management Network Configuration
Local & Remote Tech Support (Troubleshooting Options)
Restart ESXi Host Management Agents / Services
ESXi 6 Now Ready for Service
Alt-F1 ESXi Command Line Login
Alt-F12 Real Time VMkernel Log Entries
Browse ESXi Host Log and Configuration Files
Log in to ESXi 6 with vSphere Client
Self Signed Digital Certificate Security Warning
vSphere Client Home View of an ESXi Host
vSphere Client to ESXi Host Inventory View
Creating Local ESXi Host Users
ESXi 6 Default Host Roles
Joining ESXi 6 to an Active Directory Domain Service
ESXi Host Physical CPU Properties
Enable and Verify Intel Physical CPU Hyperthreading
ESXi Host Physical Memory Properties
Review and Set Network Time Protocol (NTP) Client Settings
ESXi 6.0 Licensed Features Review and Status
ESXi Host System Health Status / Monitoring
ESXi Host Physical Network Adapters (pNICs)
DNS and Routing Settings
ESXi System Log Viewer and Log Export Tool
Sizing ESXi 6 Hosts Physical CPU and Memory
Sizing ESXi 6 Physical Storage and Network Controllers
RDP and Web Remote Lab Access FREE TRIAL
Lab - Install and Configure ESXi 6.0 FREE TRIAL
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