Follow the following steps on ESXi to provision your server. Ensure you have the ISO image uploaded already to the datastore
- Click on the ESXi node,
- Click on configuration
- Click on storage
- Right click on the datastore of your choice and
- Click on browse data stores
Installing server 2016 What to note when installing WS2016. Ensure you should choose the right version of windows to install because, currently Microsoft does not provide the option to add and remove the Server GUI package to the Windows Server 2016 Server and vice versa.
Be ready to choose between the Windows Server Standard Version or Windows Standard (Desktop Experience) or Windows Server DataCenter Version or Windows Server DataCenter (Desktop Experience)
NOTE: When Windows installed you can’t go back and change the edition. Except you perform a clean installation again.
I will add some relevant YouTube links for provisioning a VM on EXSi as this is very basic.
This article provides steps to create and add an extra virtual disk (hard drive) to a Windows virtual machine.
You may want to add a new virtual hard drive if you are running out of space on the first disk.
You want to use the other virtual hard disk as a dedicated virtual drive for backing up files in the virtual machine
You want a virtual disk which can be migrated to another virtual machine on a different location to transfer files and folder
To create and add a new, empty virtual hard drive to a Windows virtual machine:
Shut down the virtual machine.
Go to Virtual Machine > Settings.
Click Add Device > New Hard Disk.
Click Create a new virtual disk and click Next.
To go to the Disk Capacity screen, specify the space you want and how you want the file to be stored.
Select the location to store the virtual disk in the storage folder of the virtual machine.
Power on the virtual machine.
Initialize and format the new drive.
To initialize and format the new drive in Windows Vista/Windows 7/ Windows Server 2008:
In the Start menu, type diskmgmt.msc and click OK.
Right-click the disk to be initialized and then click Initialize Disk. Windows prompts you to initialize the disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it.
Select MBR (Master Boot Record) and click OK.
Right-click the unallocated space and click New Simple Volume.
Enter the size of the partition (in MB) and click Next.
Select a drive letter and click Next.
Select the file system type and volume name.
Click Finish. Windows prompts you to format the drive.
The second virtual disk is usable when the status is Healthy. To initialise and format the new drive in Windows XP/Windows Server 2003:
Click Start > Run, type diskmgmt.msc and click OK.
Right-click Disk 1 and choose Initialize Disk or use the initialization wizard.
Right-click Unallocated space and click New Partition.
Select Extended Partition and click Next.
Enter the size of the partition in MB and click Next.
Right-click Free space and click New Logical Drive.
Enter the partition size, drive letter, and type.
The second virtual disk is usable when the status is Healthy.