You must perform additional tasks to set up a virtual infrastructure. Each task described has references to the documentation that contains details about the task.

Documentation lists the tasks and references documentation for setting up VMware vSphere. Documentation also exists for the following topics:

Documentation road map and quick start

Virtual machine mobility planning

VMware SDK and API developer resources

Configuration maximums and release notes

Documentation

Tasks

Documents

Install vCenter Server and the vSphere Client

ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide

ESXi Installable and vCenter Server Setup Guide

Install ESX 4.1

Install and Configure ESXi 4.1 Installable

ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide

ESXi Installable and vCenter Server Setup Guide

Upgrade vCenter Server, vSphere Clients, ESX, or ESXi

Upgrade Guide

Obtain and install licenses

Datacenter Administration Guide

ESXi Installable and vCenter Server Setup Guide

Configure storage

iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide

Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide

ESX Configuration Guide

ESXi Configuration Guide

Configure networks

ESX Configuration Guide

ESXi Configuration Guide

Configure security

ESX security

User management

Virtual machine patch management

ESX Configuration Guide

ESXi Configuration Guide

Virtual Machine Administration Guide

Deploy virtual machines

Virtual Machine Administration Guide

Guest Operating System Installation Guide

Import physical systems, virtual machines, virtual appliances, or backup images into the virtual infrastructure

Datacenter Administration Guide

Virtual Machine Administration Guide

VMware Converter Enterprise Administration Guide

Configure distributed services

VMware HA and Fault Tolerance

VMware DRS

VMware Availability Guide

Resource Management Guide

Virtual Machine Backup Guide