Before you begin the installation procedure, ensure that the host meets the prerequisites.

The prerequisites are as follows:

Make sure the host has a supported network adapter.

If your installation will require a network connection or if you want to test out the network settings, verify that the network cable is plugged into the Ethernet adapter that you are using for the service console. The ESX installer needs a live network connection to properly detect certain network settings, such as the host name under DHCP. IPv6 is not supported for ESX installation. Installation options that require a network connection include PXE booting the installer, accessing a remote ESX installation script, and accessing remote installation media.