How to install VMware ESXi 6.0 in VMware Workstation 12 pro (Nested Lab)

If you want to learn about VMware ESXi 6.0 the latest release or older version you can download your free trial of VMware Workstation 12 Pro and use it for 30 days and you can also download the ESXi trial version to use for your Home Lab. Assuming you already installed your VMware Workstation 12 Pro and download the ESXi 6.0 .ISO file this below tutorial will guide you in installing it.

You can download the latest VMware Workstation 12 Pro in there website


And the latest VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 1b in there website either




Step 1: Open your VMware Workstation and create new VM to use it to install the ESXi 6.0 as nested.


Click the menu options in the upper left as shown in the picture

“File -> New Virtual Machine”



Step 2: The New Virtual Machine Wizard will open then select the “Custom (advanced)”


Step 3: Choose the Hardware compatibility to “Workstation 12.0” so that it will support the latest and older versions of products


Step 4: Select the “Installer disc image file (.iso)” assuming you already download the ESXi 6.0 .ISO file. Just select the Browse button and select your .ISO file then click Next



Step 5: Assign folder name that the VM will use to store all the files such as .nvram, .vmdk, .vmsd, .vmx, .vmxf, .log


Step 6: Assign CPU count make sure you use minimum of 2 Socket and 2 core per processor else you will have errors when installing the ESXi



Step 7: Make sure you assign minimum of 2GB for memory. just drag the arrow head or click how many GB you want and the arrow will move to that location you selected.



Step 8: This is the part where you want to use your private network LAN or Home Network. Select the below options

  • Use bridged networking

    Configure a bridged network connection for the virtual machine. With bridged networking, the virtual machine has direct access to an external Ethernet network. The virtual machine must have its own IP address on the external network. if your host system is on a network and you have a separate IP address for your virtual machine (or can get an IP address from a DHCP server), select this setting. Other computers on the network can then communicate directly with the virtual machine

  • Use network address translation (NAT)

    Configure a NAT connection for the virtual machine. With NAT, the virtual machine and the host system share a single network identity that is not visible outside the network. Select NAT if you do not have a separate IP address for the virtual machine, but you want to be able to connect to the Internet.

  • Use host-only networking 

    Configure a host-only network connection for the virtual machine. Host-only networking provides a network connection between the virtual machine and the host system, using a virtual network adapter that is visible to the host operating system. With host-only networking, the virtual machine can communicate only with the host system and other virtual machines in the host-only network. Select host-only networking to set up an isolated virtual network.


For this I will be using the NAT’ed Network this means it will only run within my Computer/Server and can not communicate to outside my Home Network LAN

Step 9: Choose the I/O Controller type by default it will use the LSI Logic



Step 10: Assign the capacity hardisk size for this ESXi hypervisor make sure you allocated enough for your Home Lab to store your VM guest later on. Anyway if this is not enough you can just expand the hardisk drive that you assign in the setting properties of the ESXi




This is the hardisk file name block of your VM “ESXi6a.vmdk” this is the one that will be use as your “Datastore”



Step 11: That’s it the VM is now ready to use to install the ESXi 6.0 Update 1b



Step 12: Click the “Power on this Virtual Machine” with the play icon colored in green to start the installation


Step 13: Choose the ESXi installation or you can just wait for 5seconds to automatically continue in installing





Step 14: Follow the installation wizard by pressing the required/needed keyboard keys to finish the installation



Step 15: This is the 40GB disk storage that was assigned in the earlier steps. This is your datastore





Step 16: Type your password here. This will be use to login in your vsphere ESXi using the username “root” and the password that was type here.





Step 17: The installation will now begin wait until it finish.


After completing the installation the system wizard will ask to reboot the system to complete the installation just like your normal OS installation.



Step 18: This is what you will see after the installation its now ready to configure the Static IP address that was assign for this ESXi 6.0 server.




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