Greetings friends, so if you have not been living under a rock, you are probably aware that a few months ago Red Hat announce some dramatic changes to the free and open-source distro, CentOS. I do remember the day as if it was yesterday, and still remember seeing the first GitHub commit to the Rocky Linux project. I knew since reading that first commit, and reading the Community, that Rocky Linux would be the distro that I would use for my Red Hat deployments.
A few days ago, the Rocky Linux Community released the first GA of the project, with the additional surprise to have a fully functional ARM edition as well. On this blog entry, we will take a look at how to Deploy Rocky Linux v8.x on top of ESXi for ARM.
The System Requirements are really modest, usually, the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation recommends the next, but you can do with a bit less RAM even:
- 2 GB RAM or more
- 20 GB hard disk or more
- 2 CPU / vCPUs (1.1 GHz processor)
How to Deploy Rocky Linux 8.x ARM edition on top of ESXi for ARM – video
The step-by-step can be a bit tedious, especially the first time you configuring it, so I’ve decided to put a guide about how to do it, with a luxury of details, comments, etc. Hope you like it:
The step-by-step is pretty much self-explanatory, there is nothing that I think it should be documented by text, take a quick look at the video, and use the embedded sections to jump between the different steps.