How to Create a Virtual Machine in Vmware ESXi 6

Are you new to VMware ESXi 6 and interested in creating virtual machines? Look no further than this step-by-step guide on creating your own virtual machine.

With our easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be up and running quickly! Whether you’re a seasoned IT professional or a beginner looking to learn more about virtualization, this blog post has everything you need to know. So please put on your tech hat, and let’s get started!

How to Create a Virtual Machine in Vmware ESXi 6

Introduction to Vmware ESXi 6

VMware ESXi is a bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly onto a physical server. ESXi is the industry standard for running virtual machines. With ESXi, you can consolidate your physical servers and reduce costs by running multiple virtual machines on a single physical server.

Creating a virtual machine in VMware ESXi is simple and only takes a few minutes. This guide will show you how to create a new virtual machine in VMware ESXi 6.0.

Prerequisites for Creating a Virtual Machine

Before you can create a virtual machine in VMware ESXi, you will need to have the following:

  • A physical server with enough RAM and CPU to support the VM
  • ESXi 6.5 or higher installed on the physical server
  • Enough disk space on the server to accommodate the VM’s disk size
  • A copy of the ISO file for the operating system you want to install on the VM
  • A static IP address or DHCP address available for the VM
  • A license key for the operating system you want to install on the VM, if applicable.

How to install VMware Tools

Installing VMware Tools in a virtual machine is easy and will greatly improve the performance of your VM. You can follow these simple steps to install VMware Tools:

  1. Download the latest version of VMware Tools from the VMware website.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file and open the VMware Tools installation wizard.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install VMware Tools.
  4. Once installed, restart your virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Virtual Machine

  1. Log into your VMware ESXi host via the vSphere Client.
  2. Click on the “Create / Register VM” icon.
  3. Select “Create a new virtual machine.”
  4. Give your VM a name and choose which data store you want to store it on.
  5. Select the OS family and version you want to install and click “Next.”
  6. Choose the number of virtual processors and the memory you want to allocate for your VM.
  7. Configure the network settings for your VM. You can either use DHCP or assign a static IP address.
  8. Next, select the disk type you want to use for your VM’s primary hard drive. You can either use an IDE disk or a SCSI disk. If you are unsure, choose IDE.
  9. Now, you must specify the virtual disk size you want to create. Remember that this is not the maximum size of the disk but rather the initial size. The maximum size will be determined by the disk type you selected earlier (IDE or SCSI).
  10. Finally, review your settings and click “Finish” to create your VM!

How to Allocate Storage Space to Your Virtual Machine

When allocating storage space to your virtual machine, you must decide what size hard disk drive you want. You can create a custom size for your VM or use one of the standard sizes provided.

Once you have decided on the size, select the datastore to store your VM’s files.

Next, you must specify the path for your VM’s the hard disk. The path comprises the datastore name and the folder and file names for your VM.

For example, if you are storing your VM in a datastore named “datastore1” and you want to name your VM “myvm,” the path would be “[datastore1] myvm/myvm.vmdk.”

Once you have specified the path, you can store your VM’s hard disk as a single file or split it into multiple files.

If you choose to split your hard disk into multiple files, you must specify how many disks you want and the maximum size for each disk. VMware recommends using at least two disks for most VMs, with a maximum size of 2 GB per disk.

After selecting the storage options for your VM, click “Finish” to complete the creation process.

Tips and Tricks for Optimizing Your Virtual Machine Performance

You can do several things to optimize the performance of your virtual machine (VM). In this article, we’ll share tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your VM.

1) Allocate Enough RAM

One of the most important resources for a VM is RAM. Ensure you allocate enough RAM for your VM to avoid performance issues.

2) Use a Solid State Drive (SSD)

Use an SSD as your VM’s primary storage drive if you want optimal performance. SSDs offer significant speed advantages over traditional hard drives.

3) Avoid Using too Many CPU Cores

Using more CPU cores than necessary can lead to decreased performance. Only use as many CPU cores as you need for your VM’s workloads.

4) Enable Hyper-Threading if You’re Using Multiple Cores

If you use multiple CPU cores, enable hyper-threading in your VM settings. This will help improve performance by allowing each core to handle two threads simultaneously.


Creating a virtual machine in VMWare ESXi 6 is a great way to use this powerful platform. It’s an easy-to-use, highly customizable solution that allows you to run multiple operating systems without compromising performance.

Whether you’re looking for a flexible environment to work and play in or want the additional security benefits of running inside a VM, taking the time to implement one can be very rewarding.

All it takes is following the simple steps outlined in this article, and soon enough, you’ll be up and running with your own virtual machine!

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