- Configure IPMI (either use a static IP or setup a static DHCP lease)
- Tweak the bios (ensure options are optimised for performance rather than to minimise noise etc)
- Add DNS* entries for your IPMI and ESX Management Interfaces
- Install ESXi (I did everything without the need to even plug a monitor/keyboard in, IPMI is a life saver)
- Configure your management interfaces (use the IP addresses you previously configured in DNS, and the domain name you previously selected)
Now you can login with the vSphere client and configure a few more items;
- NTP (on the Configuration tab under Software, Time Configuration)
- Add your datastore (i’m using NFS, so I had to add a VMKernel interface first)
Until we have our vCenter server up and running we will stick to a single NIC.
*If you don’t yet have a device which provides DNS (router), you can add entries to your hosts file for now.
*Choosing a domain name; I’ve always gone with something.local or something.home in the past, but suffered as a result. I did a little research and found some articles suggesting best practice is to use a subdomain of an internet facing domain you own http://www.mdmarra.com/2012/11/why-you-shouldnt-use-local-in-your.html. So, say you own microsoft.com, your internal domain name may be ad.microsoft.com. You configure the NETBIOS name to be whatever you like, this will be used when you logon using NETBIOS\User rather than firstname.lastname@example.org.