How to Install ESXi on the Vault

Last Updated On April 24, 2019
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ESXi is the VMware hypervisor for deploying multiple virtual machines on capable barebone hardware. This article describes how to install ESXi 6.7 on the Vault. The specific version used in this test is 6.7 Update 1. ESXi 6.7 has been successfully installed on all of the Vault platforms. The FW1, FW2 and FW4A require a workaround during installation. See the table at the bottom of this article for more details and a link to the workaround instructions. There is another article for previous versions of ESXi available at this link.

VMware recommends a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.  Our test installation used 8 GB.  Additional ESXi 6.7 Hardware Requirements can be found at this link.

Steps to install ESXi 6.0 on the FW6 Vault

  • Verify that you have an account on VMware and permission to access the appropriate versions for download
  • Download the ISO image from VMware (This test used VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update01-10302608.x86_64)
  • Create a bootable USB with the ESXi image using Rufus or similar tool, see this link
  • Install the USB into the Vault
  • Connect the Vault to the network via the WAN port that is connected to a DHCP enabled switch
  • Power on and verify the Vault boots to the USB
  • Follow the on screen installation instructions
  • When installation is complete, the Vault will reboot and the IP address will be displayed on the ESXi console
  • To access the ESXi management console, browse to “http://<IP address>/ui” Example http://192.168.1.107/ui
  • Login with User: root and Password:created during installation
  • Verify the ESXi dashboard is displayed

ESXi 6.7 Dashboard

At this point, ESXi 6.7 is up and running on the Vault. It must now be configured for the specific Virtual Machines as desired for deployment. As always, if you experience any issues, please feel free to reach out to support@protectli.com


BIOS Compatibility

The table below shows the compatibility of tested releases of ESXi and BIOS on each of the Vaults.


VaultESXi VersionBIOS - LegacyBIOS - UEFIBIOS - coreboot
FW16.7WorkaroundNot testedN/A
FW16.0, 6.5Not supportedNot testedN/A
FW26.7WorkaroundNot testedN/A
FW26.0, 6.5Not supportedNot testedN/A
FW2B6.7TestedTestedTested
FW2B6.0, 6.5Not testedNot testedNot tested
FW4A6.7WorkaroundNot testedN/A
FW4A6.0, 6.5Not supportedNot testedN/A
FW4B6.7TestedTestedTested
FW4B6.0, 6.5Not testedNot testedNot tested
FW6A6.7TestedTestedN/A
FW6A6.0, 6.5Previous articleNot TestedN/A
FW6B6.7TestedTestedN/A
FW6B6.0, 6.5Previous articleNot TestedN/A
FW6C6.7TestedTestedN/A
FW6C6.0, 6.5Previous articleNot TestedN/A