Install Nutanix CE on ESXi

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Nutanix Community Edition or CE for short is available for free download from Nutanix and traditionally would be run on some decent hardware. However, for everyone out there with a home or internal lab it’s valuable to be able to nest Nutanix CE on ESXi. There are several guides out there but it seems that the more recent editions of Nutanix CE have introduced bugs when nesting on ESXi. This requires techies to go to several places to find all of the answers. My goal is to consolidate all of the information that is required to run Nutanix CE on ESXi 6.5 as of today.

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Create ESXi 6 USB Bootable Media

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If you are looking to create a bootable USB drive for ESXi 6 you have come to the right place. You can use this USB drive to simply boot to ESXi or to install it locally on your system. Installing from a USB drive is much simpler and quicker then burning the provided ISO to a CD.

Steps

  • Download the ESXi installation ISO from https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/downloads
  • Download rufus from here.
    • This doesn’t install, it is simply an .exe
  • Open rufus
  • Insert your USB drive
  • Select your USB drive from rufus
  • If desired, give the USB drive a label
  • Click the rufus_2 icon and point to the ISO you downloaded
  • Click Start

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