Deploying VMware vSphere 5.0

In this example I will be using the following details

vSphere Server
1x HP MicroServer ( - running Windows Server 2008 R2

2x HP MicroServer's running ESXi, 
( - and ( -

NFS storage for VM datastore (


First off, I will assume that you have already got access to a Windows Server running 2008 R2, as I will not be covering this in this article. I will also assume that you have downloaded the following files from the VMware downloads page.

VMware-VIMSetup-all-5.0.0-757163.iso (you should also burn this to a DVD)
VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0.update01-623860.x86_64.iso  (you should also burn this to a CD)


Step 1. Add Application Server role to Windows Server 2008 R2
As VMware has a dependency on .Net 3.5.1, you will need to install this by adding a new role to your server.

Open “Server Manager” and click the “Roles” tab on the left. Next, click “Add Roles”

A new window will appear, a default “Before you begin” page will most likely appear, click “Next”.

In the tick box selection list, click the “Application Server” check box. A new window will appear showing what additional features will be required. Click “Add required features”

See screen shot


You will now be taken back to the “Select Server Roles” window. Click Next to continue the installation.

Next you will asked to select the role services you wish to install. Place a tick next to .Net Framework 3.5.1 and then click “Next”

See screen shot


Now, click the “Install” button to start the installation. Once this has finished and the wizard reports it was successful, click “Close”

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