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.


Insert the DVD in the DVD-ROM drive.


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


Reboot the machine.


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


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


(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.