How to Install VMWare ESXi and vSphere 5.0

Michael Rickert over at has created an updated step-by-step guide to installing VMWare ESXi 5 and vSphere Server, including VLAN configuration titled:  Installing VMWare ESXi and VSphere 5.0

The new guide walks you through everything from configuring your switches, to installing ESXi on bare metal, all the way through to configuring SQL server 2008 and installing vCenter vSphere server. All of which contains 100+ screenshots along the way to help you see each step. That’s right – over 100 screenshots.

Think of this as a very comprehensive security blanket for newcomers to get off the ground with this.