Here’s my process for creating Ubuntu VMs on and ESXi 4.0 host.
I downloaded a pre-built VMware 9.10 image from thoughtpolice. I chose the amd64 version and downloaded it via bittorrent.
This image won’t run out of the box on ESXi 4.0 – it must first be converted. For this, I needed to download the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.
Convert the .vmx file and deploy it to the ESXi host using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone:
- Choose “Convert Machine” button.
- Select source type: “VMware workstation or other VMware virtual machine”.
- Browse to the .vmx file.
- For the destination, choose “VMware Infrastructure virtual machine” and enter appropriate login credentials.
- Type the VM name.
That copies the VMX to the ESXi instance. On my setup, it took about 15 minutes over my LAN.
Once that was all settled, I performed the following standard updates in the VMware console:
sudo nano /etc/hosts
sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
Furthermore, I created a user as follows: