Installing VMware ESXi 5.0 in VMware Workstation 7

Create a new virtual machine

Create a new Custom machine

Create Workstation 6.5-7.x compatible machine

Pick the ESXi 5.0 install IOS (VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0-469512.x86_64.iso)

Select VMware ESX

Give it a name

Accept all the defaults like:

  • 2 Processors with 1 core per processor
  • 2G DRAM
  • Bridged Networking
  • LSI Logic SCSI Adapter
  • 20G SCSI Disk

Start up the machine and follow all the prompts to install ESXi 5.0. I picked all the defaults.

If you get error: “HARDWARE_VIRTUALIZATION WARNING: Hardware Virtualization is not a feature of the CPU, or is not enabled in the BIOS” ignore it and continue.

 The installation seems to get stuck at 34% but if you wait long enough it continues through

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