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Equinix Metal Guide: Deploying ESXi hosts

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Once you have access to your Equinix environment, the desired likely first step is deploy ESXi on baremetal servers. With that being said, it is advisable to deploy a jump host in the environment (or preferably a VPN configuration) to easily be able to access internal networking. While baremetal deployment initially start with public, routable IP address to make it easy to start--it is extremely important to not rely on this for day-to-day management.

Equinix has simple instructions for VPN setup such as Wireguard here: https://metal.equinix.com/developers...ith-wireguard/

Once you have internal access to networking, you can begin ESXi server provisioning.

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Deploy ESXi on Metal

The number/size of hosts is up to you--the benefit here is that you can easily add or remove compute as you need it. Since it is pay-as-you-go (though they have a variety of charge models) it is best to deploy what you need right now, and add to it as desired.

Click on Servers then + New Servers:

Select the type of deployment (on-demand etc.)

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Choose a datacenter:

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Choose a size:

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Then choose ESXi:

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Make sure the VMware box is highlighted in blue (click it if it is not). Next choose the number of servers and provide a host name for each.

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You can choose optional configurations, such as additional IPs for custom cloudinit scripts to run, but defaults will work. Ensure the appropriate keys are added, by default all will be. I will select our project key and a personal key (you must at least choose one personal key).

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Confirm the configuration and click deploy. The process to deploy takes ~10-15 minutes at the time of this writing.

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You can see the metal being deployed in the Servers screen:

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Furthermore, you can click on the clock icon to see the specific progress, once complete you will be able to see and access the server configuration details.

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