When you install ESX, you have several options that allow you to customize the process to meet the needs of your environment.

These options include how to store and access the installation media, how to boot the installer, and which mode to use when you run the installer.

By default, when you boot the ESX installer from a DVD, the DVD uses the interactive graphical mode and uses itself as the source of the installation media. You can modify the default installation process in the following ways:

Storing and accessing the ESX installation media:

DVD (default)

FTP

HTTP/HTTPS (HTTPS with a proxy server is not supported.)

NFS

USB flash drive

Booting the installer:

DVD (default)

PXE

Running the installer:

Interactive graphical (default)

Interactive text

Scripted

For scripted installation, storing and accessing the installation script:

Default installation script

FTP

HTTP/HTTPS

NFS

USB flash drive

Local disk