Install VMWare ESX on a virtual machine

Yes, it’s for testing purposes only. Installing multiple VMWare ESX servers on a physical server could help you to build a fancy lab network for testing and studying.

The idea is to install VMWare ESX on a virtual machine provided by a physical VMWare ESX or ESXi. The installation process is pretty straight as described in this tutorial, Step by step – How to install VMWare ESX 4.0. The only concerns are the driver for the network interface and storage drive.

But no problem, to make it easy for the installation process, follow these steps to add a new network interface and an IDE hard drive.

Adding new network adapter

  1. Create a new virtual machine on physical VMWare host
  2. Edit Settings of the new virtual machine to add Network interfaces and Hard drives.
    Edit virtual machine settings
  3. Click Add
    Add new hardware to virtual machine
  4. Select Ethernet Adapter, click nextAdding Ethernet Adapter
  5. Select E1000 mode. This is the most important step. VMXNET 3 type is not recognized by VMWare ESX.
    Adding E1000 network adapter
  6. Click Next
  7. Click Finish

To this step, you are half-way finish. The next step is to add an IDE hard drive to the virtual machine. Go for page #2

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