When you install ESX, you have several options that allow you to customize the process to meet the needs of your environment.

These options include how to store and access the installation media, how to boot the installer, and which mode (interactive or scripted) to use when you run the installer.

By default, when you boot the ESX installer from a DVD, the DVD uses the interactive graphical mode and uses itself as the source of the installation media. You can modify the default installation process in the following ways:

DVD (default)

Media depot, which can be accessed by FTP, HTTP/HTTPS, or NFS. HTTPS with a proxy server is not supported.

USB flash drive

Default installation script




Local disk

DVD (default)


USB flash drive

Interactive graphical (default)

Interactive text