Install and Configure the ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor

How-to's, best practices and lab demos help you get ESXi 6.5 installed and running fast | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

The ESXi 6.5 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 6.5 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 6.5 host via a web browser, using vSphere Client, using Host Client and via console and network command line
  • Install, configure and use ESXi according to best practices
  • Update ESXi Host Client to the latest version using ESXi command line tools

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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A: Enroll in my equivalent VMware vSphere 6.5 and Horizon View video-on-demand training... for less.

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.

Run This Class At Your Office

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.

And... please link to me on LinkedIn -



Larry Karnis

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Course Curriculum

How to Install and configure the ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor
How to Install, Configure VMware ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor FREE TRIAL
Project Plan FREE TRIAL
ESXi Server Hardware FREE TRIAL
ESXi Install Steps FREE TRIAL
ESXi Installer Boot Screen FREE TRIAL
Accept the VMware End User License Agreement FREE TRIAL
Select the ESXi 6.5 Installer Target Volume FREE TRIAL
Performing an In-Place Upgrade to ESXi 6.5 FREE TRIAL
Setting the Keyboard, root Password Values FREE TRIAL
Hardware Virtualization Assist FREE TRIAL
Hardware Assisted Virtualization FREE TRIAL
Hardware Virtualization Assist FREE TRIAL
Ready to Install FREE TRIAL
Installation Completed FREE TRIAL
ESXi 6.5 Direct Console User Interface FREE TRIAL
Log In for the First Time FREE TRIAL
ESXi System Customization Menu FREE TRIAL
Default Management IP Settings FREE TRIAL
Configure Management Network FREE TRIAL
Select Management NIC(s) FREE TRIAL
Network Adapter Details FREE TRIAL
IPv4 Configuration FREE TRIAL
IPv6 Configuration FREE TRIAL
DNS Configuration FREE TRIAL
Custom DNS Suffixes FREE TRIAL
Apply Network Changes FREE TRIAL
Test Management Network
Troubleshooting Options FREE TRIAL
Restart Management Agents FREE TRIAL
ESXi Ready for Service FREE TRIAL
Alt-F1 ESXi Command Line Login FREE TRIAL
Alt-F12 VMkernel Log Entries FREE TRIAL
Browse Host Log and Configuration Files FREE TRIAL
vSphere Client is End of Life FREE TRIAL
Login with vSphere Client 6.0 FREE TRIAL
Self Signed Digital Certificate - Security Warning FREE TRIAL
vSphere Client → ESXi Host FREE TRIAL
vSphere Client → Inventory FREE TRIAL
ESXi Host Client Home View FREE TRIAL
Creating Local ESXi Users FREE TRIAL
ESXi Default Local Users FREE TRIAL
Join ESXi 6.5 to an Active Directory Domain FREE TRIAL
Set ESXi Time Configuration FREE TRIAL
ESXi DNS and Routing Settings FREE TRIAL
Physical Server Properties FREE TRIAL
Licensed Features in ESXi 6.5 FREE TRIAL
System Health Status FREE TRIAL
Physical Network Adapters FREE TRIAL
ESXi Services and Status FREE TRIAL
Configure ESXi Firewall Settings FREE TRIAL
Sizing ESXi Physical CPU FREE TRIAL
Sizing ESXi Physical Memory FREE TRIAL
ESXi Networking FREE TRIAL
Host Client Limitations FREE TRIAL
Host Client Bugs FREE TRIAL
RDP, Web Remote Lab Access FREE TRIAL
Install ESXi 6.5 Lab FREE TRIAL
Review & Questions FREE TRIAL
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Install and Configure ESXi 6.5 - Hands on Lab Demos
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 1 FREE TRIAL
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 2 FREE TRIAL
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 3 FREE TRIAL
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 4 FREE TRIAL
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 5 FREE TRIAL
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 6 FREE TRIAL
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