This manual, the ESXESXiConfiguration Guide, provides information on how to configure networking for VMware® ESXESXi, including how to create virtual switches and ports and how to set up networking for virtual machines, VMware VMotion™, IP storage, and the service console. It also discusses configuring the file system and various types of storage such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel. The guide provides a discussion of security features built into ESXESXi and the measures that you can take to safeguard ESXESXi from attack. In addition, it includes a list of ESXESXi technical support commands along with their VMware vSphere™ Client equivalents and a description of the vmkfstools utility.

This information covers ESX 4.0.

This manual is intended for anyone who needs to install, upgrade, or use ESX. The information in this manual is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and datacenter operations.

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The vSphere documentation consists of the combined VMware vCenter Server and ESX documentation set.

The figures in this manual use the abbreviations listed in Abbreviations.





vCenter Server database


Storage for the managed host


Storage disk for the managed host


vCenter Server managed hosts


Storage area network type datastore shared between managed hosts




User with access permissions


vCenter Server


Virtual machines on a managed host

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