Default installation scripts simplify the task of using scripted mode to perform ESX installations. Instead of writing a script, you can use default scripts.

After your first interactive installation of ESX, the installer creates a /root/ks.cfg script in the ESX filesystem. This script reflects the choices you made in the interactive installation. If you perform a second interactive installation on the same host with choices that differ from the first, /root/ks.cfg is overwritten with a new version.

The installation media contains the following default installation scripts:


Installs ESX on the first detected disk and preserves the VMFS datastores on the disk.


Installs ESX on the first detected disk.

When you install ESX using ks-first-safe.cfg or ks-first.cfg, the default root password is mypassword.