vSphere HomeLab – Step-by-Step Guide – ESXi 5.5 Installation

Posted here is part 3 – How to Install ESXi 5.5. This part goes through the installation of ESXi 5.5 on VMware workstation 10. The Final Part 4 will be posted this weekend with the installation and configuration of Openfiler shared storage (iSCSI & NFS). Thank you for the e-mails so far!


VMware ESXi 5.5 is a bare metal hypervisor from VMware. Bare metal hypervisors run directly on the host computers hardware to control resources and manage multiple guest operating systems. For your home-lab you will need two ESXi 5.5 hypervisor instances. This guide focuses on how to install a successful instance of the ESXi 5.5 bare metal hypervisor within VMware workstation for your home lab.


  1. Download ESXi 5.5 software from VMware
  2. Set-Up Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation
  3. Install ESXi 5.5
  4. Configure – Hostname, IP Address, Gateway, DNS on ESXi 5.5
  5. Test Installation – Access ESXi 5.5 using the C# Windows vSphere Client
  6. Repeat – Steps 2-5, to create the 2nd ESXi 5.5 Server for your Lab.

Link to the vSphere 5.5 Home Lab Page – Click Here

Direct Link to Part 3 of the series mentioned here – Click Here