Installing vSphere is a pretty straight forward process. Once you boot off your media that contains the vSphere installation files you will be greeted by the VMware welcome screen.
Press F11 to accept the EULA and continue
Next VMware will want to know where to install vSphere. This is probably the only part in the installation process where thought consideration needs to take place.
I’d recommend installing vSphere on its own drive and NOT on the same datastore where you intend to put your VMs.
Newer host will have an internal spot for an SD card, these Lenovo servers have an M.2 slot with an advertised maximum capacity of 32GB (which I think they intended to be used for this purpose), but in my case I will be using a flash drive to install and run vSphere on.
Once you have made the decision on where to install vSphere, the rest is pretty straight forward. The next screen will have you select a keyboard language layout.
Followed by selecting your root password. (Obviously important and the password you will be using to gain access to vSphere once it is installed.)
Finally you will get a final warning that your about to erase everything on the drive you selected for vSphere installation, press F11 to continue and start the installation process.
Within a few minutes you should get a message stating that the installation was completed successfully.
It is now safe to remove the installation media. Once removed press enter to reboot the host.
If you haven’t done so yet, make sure that your host is set to boot off the drive you selected during the installation process.
Once the host boots you should see a screen that looks like the following:
vSphere is now installed and ready to be configured!