Configure the BIOS boot setting for ESXi if you want the server to boot into ESXi by default.

ESXi Installable must not be on the host. ESXi Installable and ESXi Embedded cannot exist on the same host.


While the ESXi host is powering on, press the key required to enter your host’s BIOS setup.

Depending on your server hardware, the key might be a function key or Delete. The option to enter the BIOS setup might be different for your server.


Select the USB flash device and move it to the first position in the list.

The host powers on in ESXi mode. If the host does not boot into ESXi, you might need to reimage the USB flash as described in Recover the ESXi Embedded Software.