After you connect to the host machine, you can add a virtual machine to the host. You can import or create one or more virtual machines on a single host.

To add virtual machines to hosts, you can build a new virtual machine or import a virtual appliance from the VMware Web site. A virtual appliance is a prebuilt virtual machine with an operating system and applications already installed. The vSphere Client Getting Started tab provides steps to guide you through both options. If this is your first virtual machine, VMware recommends that you import a virtual appliance.

Getting Started Tab for a Host
vSphere Client connected to a host with no virtual machines

In the Getting Started tab, click Import a virtual appliance.


Select VA Marketplace and click Next.

vSphere Client Virtual Appliance Market place window with list of virtual appliances to import


Select a virtual appliance from the list and click Download now.

For the shortest download time, VMware recommends that you chose a small virtual appliance.


Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to import the virtual appliance.

After you import the virtual appliance, you can use the Console tab in the vSphere Client to power it on and view it. To release the pointer from the Console, press Ctrl+Alt. To view the Console in full screen mode, from the Inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Open Console.

You have completed setup for a single-host management system in which ESXi is used to run virtual machines. Explore the advantages of managing multiple hosts with vCenter Server.