• July 6, 2021

How to install VMware and ESXi virtual machines on your Windows host

I installed a VMware vSphere 6.5 host using ESXi 6.0.2 on a Windows 10 x64 machine and I’ve been trying to get a VMware virtual machine to show up on the ESXi host in my Windows host’s virtual machine manager.

In my testing, the vmware-esxi-vmware virtual machine didn’t show up.

I had to do a little bit of digging and found out that this isn’t an issue on Windows 10 64-bit hosts and it’s not an issue for ESXi hosts running ESXi 5.5 or later.

Here’s how I went about it. 1.

Go to VMware’s vSphere Web Client and go to the vSphere Administration panel.

Select the Add Host from the list.

2.

Select VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

3.

Select vCenter Host.

4.

Select Configure.

5.

Click Add a Host and click Next.

6.

Click Next.

7.

Click Configure host.

8.

Select Host Name and click Finish.

9.

Select a vCenter host to use as your host.

10.

Select Add VMware Host.

11.

Select Network as the Virtualization Network and click Create.

12.

Enter the name of the network you’d like to use.

13.

Enter a default gateway and network name.

14.

Click OK. 15.

Click Create.

16.

Click Connect to and verify the connection.

17.

Click Finish.

You should now be able to see the vmhost-vmswc-vmserver virtual machine on the host in the vCenter Web Client.

If you haven’t already, make sure you click the Refresh button when you see the message. That’s it!