In scripted installations and upgrades, the ESXi installer can access the installation or upgrade script, also called the kickstart file, from several locations.

The following locations are supported for the installation or upgrade script:

CD/DVD. See Create an Installer ISO Image with a Custom Installation or Upgrade Script.

USB Flash drive. See Create a USB Flash Drive to Store the ESXi Installation Script or Upgrade Script.

A network location accessible through the following protocols: NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP