The Installation Guide describes how to install new configurations of VMware® vCenter Server and ESX. This installation information covers ESX and vCenter Server only. It does not include setup or installation information for ESXi Embedded or ESXi Installable.

This book is intended for anyone who needs to install vCenter Server and install ESX 4.1.

The information in this book is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and datacenter operations.

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The vSphere documentation consists of the combined VMware vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi documentation set.

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