Get started with ESX quickly with this information about installation and initial setup. Follow the procedures included here to install and set up a basic inventory for a single-host virtualization environment. After your host is set up with a working virtual machine, you can install vCenter Server and explore a multiple-host virtualization environment.

This information is for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who will be installing VMware ESX to deploy virtualization for the first time. Specifically, it is for users who meet the following requirements:

Do not yet have the ESX software installed

Do not yet have the vSphere Client or VMware vCenter Server installed.