Create a new Custom machine
Create Workstation 6.5-7.x compatible machine
Pick the ESXi 5.0 install IOS (VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0-469512.x86_64.iso)
Select VMware ESX
Give it a name
Accept all the defaults like:
- 2 Processors with 1 core per processor
- 2G DRAM
- Bridged Networking
- LSI Logic SCSI Adapter
- 20G SCSI Disk
Start up the machine and follow all the prompts to install ESXi 5.0. I picked all the defaults.
If you get error: “HARDWARE_VIRTUALIZATION WARNING: Hardware Virtualization is not a feature of the CPU, or is not enabled in the BIOS” ignore it and continue.
The installation seems to get stuck at 34% but if you wait long enough it continues through