How To Install Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop on vSphere

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Installing Ubuntu 16.04 as a virtual machine (VM) on ESXi is a relatively simple process, provided you know how to work around some of the “gothcas” that can complicate the process. In this article, I’ll show you how I installed Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Desktop on an ESXi host in my VMware vSphere 6.5 environment. I specifically chose the desktop version of Ubuntu because in a future article I’ll be using this same Linux VM as a basis for a virtual desktop using VMware instant clone technology.

My vSphere 6.5 environment consists of a single ESXi host coupled with a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). The ESXi host is a dual proc (Intel E5-2640) Dell R620 server with 98GB of RAM. The back-end storage is provided by two 800GB Micron 9100 PRO Enterprise NVMe drives.

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