Virtualization administrators can configure VMware ESXi through its console or the VMware v Sphere Client and check VMware's Hardware Compatibility List for approved, supported hardware on which to install ESXi.
ESX licensees can choose to deploy ESXi instead of ESX on any given server.
Below is a screen shot of how the server should be configured. Check the box to “Do not show this window at logon” and click Close. When the Server Manager window opens check the box to “Do not show me this console at logon” and close Server Manager. Go to the Taskbar properties and check these boxes.
Go to the Notification Area tab and check these boxes.
NOTE – VMware Virtual Center 2.5 Update 4 or v Center 4 is required to use Guest Customizations with Windows 2008. Build a new VM that has at least 1 GB RAM and a 20 GB drive. Attach the Windows 2008 ISO to the CD/DVD drive and set it to connect at power on. On the VM Edit Settings window go to the Options tab and in the General section uncheck the Enable logging check box. Go to the Boot Options section and check the box to force going into the BIOS on next boot. Power on the VM and when the setup screen appears go to Advanced, I/O Device Configuration.
Link to the PDF version of this – For Windows 2008 R2 if you are installing on v Sphere 4 without Update 1 or on ESX 3.5 without update 5 set the Template VM OS to Windows 2008 instead of Windows 2008 R2.
Create a new temporary user named ptemp and add the user to the local administrators group. NOTE – FOR WINDOWS 2008 R2 FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR COPYING THE USER PROFILE. Go to the properties of the C drive and uncheck the “Index this drive for faster searching” box, click apply and choose Apply changes to drive c:\ only. Go to the cmd prompt and type -h off to disable hibernation. After reboot login and delete the from the C: drive. After defragmentation completes reconfigure the page file system managed. Go to Control Panel, Power options and set the Power Plan to High performance. Click the change plan settings and set both options to Never. Go to Computer properties, Advanced system settings, User Profiles, Settings 59. Type C:\Users\Default and change Permitted to use to Authenticated Users. On the next boot up you should see this screen appear.