When you boot the installer from a DVD, you use the local DVD-ROM drive or remote media, such as iLO or DRAC.

You must have an ESX installation DVD. See Download the ESX ISO Image and Burn the Installation DVD.

1

Insert the DVD in the DVD-ROM drive.

2

Use the BIOS to set the host to boot from the CD-ROM drive:

a

Reboot the machine.

b

Press a function key or Delete to enter the BIOS setup or boot menu for your machine.

c

Set the CD-ROM drive as the first boot device.

3

(Optional) When the mode selection page appears, press F2 to enter boot options.

Continue with the installation. If you are performing a scripted installation, allow the script to run.