Ok, so we promised some vSphere 5.1 material for you earlier today and here is the first of many videos relating to vSphere 5.1 which we will upload throughout the month of September.
In this video we discuss and demonstrate how VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 can be installed using the Interactive Installer.
Interactive installations are recommended for small deployments of fewer than five hosts. You boot the installer from a CD or DVD, from a bootable USB device, or by PXE booting the installer from a location on the network, then follow the prompts in the installation wizard to install ESXi to disk.
In a typical interactive installation, you boot the ESXi installer and respond to the installer prompts to install ESXi to the local host disk. The installer reformats and partitions the target disk and installs the ESXi boot image. If you have not installed ESXi on the target disk before, all data located on the drive is overwritten, including hardware vendor partitions, operating system partitions, and associated data. To ensure that you do not lose any data, migrate the data to another machine before you install ESXi.
If you are installing ESXi on a disk that contains a previous installation of ESXi or ESX, or a VMFS datastore, the installer provides you with options for upgrading.
For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Methods for installing vCenter Server 5.1 (2032782).
Note: Installation sequences are shortened in the video for the sake of time. In reality, installations will take a little bit longer to complete.
Note: For best viewing results, ensure that the 720p HD option is selected and view in full screen mode.