Fist off, download the Dell customized image of VMware ESXi 5.1 found here. Next, start the virtual console to the blade.

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Click on the Virtual Media menu option in top left corner, then select Launch Virtual Media. Make sure that the Mapped checkbox is checked.

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Click on Add Image button and browse to the ESXi 5.1 .iso image you’ve previously downloaded. Select Virtual CD/DVD/ISO from the Next Boot menu, then restart the server by clicking on Macros then CTRL-ALT-DEL.

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Press F11 to get into the BIOS Boot Manager

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Select to boot from the Virtual CD. At the Boot Menu prompt select Dell ESXi  5.1 Installer. Then follow the wizard to complete the installation.

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Once rebooted, press F2 to configure Networking.

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Under IP Configuration you can configure the IP address, subnet mask and default gateway. Depending on your environment you might want to configure VLAN ID, etc.

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