ESXi Minimum Requirements

vSphere 6 new virtual machine


After covering the installing of the vCSA in the last article, we now care about the ESXi 6.0 Hosts installation and integration. I need to run the ESXi hosts nested as virtual machines themselves as this will be a testing environment. All systems installed are based on an existing physical environment running vSphere 5.5. The process of deploying on physical hosts instead on virtual machines may vary at some points.

Existing Situation

The base for the installation is an existing vSphere 5.5 using a Microsoft Windows based vCenter and several physical ESXi-Hosts (based on Cisco UCS).

The vCenter for the nested test environment is already installed in form of the vCSA 6.0 (vCenter Server Appliance 6.0). If you want to know how to install the vCSA 6.0 please read my.
In summary I’m going to deploy 3 ESXi-hosts to cover two different scenarios. One scenario having 2 hosts in a cluster and one scenario having a single host without a cluster.

Since there is nothing to re-use, the only way to get the ESXi up and running for me is to Create a new virtual machineRequirements

For each installation of a nested ESXi-hosts the requirements are: 2 vCPUs, 6GB Memory (4GB is the minimum), 15GB Storage (4GB is the minimum), at least 1 IP address + DNS entries (if you want to).
The ESXi 6.0 installation medium can be found on the VMware portal, after you logged in


To keep in mind for the installation process:

  • I’m logged in to the productive MS Windows vCenter 5.5 using RDP
  • I’m using Firefox on the vCenter to connect to the local vSphere VMware WebClient

New Virtual Machine vSphere 6Working this way enables me to deploy everything locally in our datacenter instead of having to use my small bandwidth connection to the datacenter.
For the installation I will start creating an empty virtual machine and deploy the ESXi to this VM.

Creating the VM for the installation

Since there is no official existing template nor an existing .ovf for the deploy of an ESXi Hosts nested.
If you are ok with unofficial releases you should check for the vGhetto Nested ESXi Template Content Library in vSphere 6.0

I will have to create a new virtual machine and install ESXi to this VM.
My way of creating a VM is just to go to the host of my choice and click Actions > New virtual Machine…

Edit Settings

I’ll call it esxqa6_1 and place it to the folder vSphere6.0 and select a host and a datastore with sufficient resources


The Compatibility with ESXi 5.5 and later is fine in my case, but you need to think about your migration possibilities and how they get limited. That’s the same as selecting the latest version of virtual hardware (10) on this installation as it is running on vSphere 5.5.

Since there is no Guest-OS nested vSphere 6, the guest-os type is other 64-bit with the Guest OS Name ESXi 6.0.

New VM vSphere 6 New VM OS type vSphere 6 New VM Hardware setup vSphere 6 ESXi Hosts nested VM advanced settings to run nested ESXi Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS
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