Installing VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 on Dell XPS 8500

Step 7. Dell BIOS, by default it would have UEFI Secure Boot enabled and VMware ESXi 5.1 will not boot with it. So disable Secure boot, and keep it to UEFI.

Step 8. Ensure virtualization is turned on in the processor settings

Step 9. Save the settings and exit BIOS and insert VMware ESXi 5.1 CD in the DVD drive.

Step 10. Follow all the prompts and they are quite easy to follow and intuitive.

In few minutes, VMware ESxi install will complete and ready. It does not complain of anything. VMWare ESXi 5.1 intaller is so much better and it automatically detected the on-bard NIC and was ready. Otherwise I was ready to add another NIC card if this fails. Earlier versions used to fail it finds hardware that it does not recognize. This was easy.

Next I plan to setup Cisco VPN with RV042G. I will write about it in my next blog.


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10 Responses to Installing VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 on Dell XPS 8500

  1. Mendy says:

    if you can please let me know if your Esxi lab on the Dell XPS 8500 installed successful with no problems

    • admin says:

      Yes, it was an easy install unlike previous ESXi 4.1 where it used to choke on every piece of hardware that it does not recognize. All I did was load the 5.1 CD and follow the prompts and was done in few minutes.

  2. gv says:

    I was considering the 8500 for a cheap esxi lab. Did you run into any issues with VTX w/EPT, VT-d, or performance? I was thinking of of using SATA drives in a RAID 5 (hardware) but if you had good performance with the SSD maybe not. Did you ever set up a VDI solution on it?

    • admin says:

      I haven’t tried VT-d yet. Basically with Dell 8500 your options are very limited by the number of SATA slots. With SSD drives its super fast and I didn’t feel the need for it. It all depends on how many VMs you want to run and the specifications of each VMs. My goal here is to create very good size VMs with 4GB RAM and 30GB ssd disk space and for 6 VMs.

      My Next would be an assembled one and will make sure it support enough slots for using VT-d.

  3. Bob says:

    Can the XPS 8500 allow nested VMs? My plan is to find a system where I can install VMware Workstation and instide that install ESXi. Then within the ESXi be able to create netsted VMs. I’ve had problems with other 64bit systems in allowing nested VMs eventhough I have VT enalbed in Bios. I think cPU needs EPT capability. Was wondering if anyone used XPS 8500 for this type of configuration.


    • admin says:

      I’m not sure why you would want to do nested VMs ? because of VMWare workstation limitations ? But I would recommend going straight to ESXi on the 8500, its amazingly fast and easy to manage and use.

      • Bob says:

        I’m planning on having one PC for personal use AND VMware lab. So I would need to install VMware Workstation and then nested ESXi/VMs inside to study and also use the PC for daily use. Can this be done? Thanks.

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