Creating vSphere 5.5 Virtual Lab Environment – Part 1

I’ve finally decided to make another instruction on how to setup virtual lab environment for vSphere 5.5. As the previous instruction was based on vSphere 5.0 and there has been few changed to the vSphere environment setup requirement and architecture, I thought another instruction may be necessary.

Tools you need

  1. Laptop/Desktop with minimum of 12GB RAM (16GB or more is preferable)
  2. VMware Workstation 10 ( Can be done with other editions but the instruction is based on 10)
  3. Windows 2008 x64 ISO (This will be used by vCenter Server and Domain Controller)
  4. Windows 2003 x32 ISO (This can be used in Lab, you use other OS you wish)
  5. vCenter Server 5.5 Windows Edition ISO (I am using VMware-VIMSetup-all-5.5.0-1476387-20131201.iso)
  6. ESXi 5.5 ISO (I am using VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0-1331820.x86_64.iso)
  7. Openfiler ISO (I am using openfileresa-2.99.1-x86_64-disc1.iso)

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 17.17.57

Network Diagram


Step 1 – Virtual Network Settings.

  1. Install VMware Workstation
  2. Take a note of Virtual Network Settings. The information you find in this will be used later on. To get Virtual Network Settings Edit > Virtual Network Editor … from Menu Bar.
    Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 17.19.18
  3. Select VMnet with Type “NAT”. then click NAT Settings.
    Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 17.53.07
  4. Take note of Gateway IP Address. This will be the Gateway Address for the management network. If you want to change this to some other IP Address as it listed, you can change it here. In my environment,  the default gateway for NAT network is and NAT network is /24.
    Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 17.53.57
  5. Click OK to close Virtual Network Editor.

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