Once the virtual machine is created, it will appear in the list.
Click on its name in blue.
Complete information about your virtual machine is displayed.
Click on "Power on" to start it.
A preview of your virtual machine screen appears. As you can see, the VMware logo appears (this replaces the motherboard logo that would appear when starting a typical computer).
Note that this preview will not be updated in real time. If you want to update it, just click on the small blue icon (Refresh) located at the bottom right of the preview.
To be able to use your virtual machine, click on : Console -> Open browser console.
The screen of your virtual machine appears.
Note that the screen may be displayed to scale when you access your virtual machine from the VMware ESXi web interface.
In our case, the "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD ..." message is displayed by the Windows 10 installation DVD.
So, we press a key.
The Windows 10 logo is displayed.
And we arrive as expected on the installer of Windows 10.
Nothing special for the installation, apart from the fact that the installer of Windows 10 correctly sees our 40 GB virtual hard drive.
Nothing special for the rest of the installation of Windows 10.
To be able to make the best use of your virtual machine, as well as the features offered by VMware ESXi, it's essential to install the VMware Tools (which notably include drivers : graphics driver, network driver, ...).
To install them, go to the menu : Actions -> Guest OS -> Install VMware Tools.
Info : VMware Tools installation is not necessary when the operating system is based on Linux, as these are included in the "open-vm-tools" and "open-vm-tools-desktop" packages which are pre-installed in Linux distributions.
If nothing appears on the screen about inserting the driver CD (VMware Tools) into your virtual machine, open the file explorer and double click on the DVD drive.
Either, the installation of VMware Tools starts automatically, or the Windows file explorer will show you the files which are on this virtual CD.
In this case, run the "setup.exe" file on a 32-bit (x86) version of Windows or the "setup64.exe" file on a 64-bit (x64) version of Windows.
Grant Administrator rights to this installer by clicking Yes.
The VMware Tools Setup wizard appears.
Click on Next.
If you plan to use this virtual machine only with this VMware product (VMware ESXi), you can use the default installation type "Typical".
Otherwise, use the "Complete" installation type.
Click on Install.
When the installation is complete, click Finish.
Then, restart your virtual machine as requested by the VMware Tools installer.
The virtual machine restarts.
The VMware Tools icon appears in the taskbar.
When you create a virtual machine and one or more snapshots, several types of files are created on the desired datastore :
Source : Virtual Machine Files - VMware Docs
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