The getting started tasks take you from initial setup of a new virtualization host to a working virtual machine. After you have a host and functional virtual machine, you can setup a managed host environment with vCenter Server.

Getting started with ESX includes the following tasks:

Installing ESX and adding the host to your network

Installing the vSphere Client and connecting to the ESX host

Deploying and running a virtual machine

Completing the getting started tasks sets up the single-host management system for virtualization as shown in Basic Single-Host Management System.

Basic Single-Host Management System
A host with virtual machines accessed by a vSphere Client

After the initial setup of ESX, you can deploy vSphere with vCenter Server to manage multiple hosts.