Get started with vCenter Server quickly with information about installation and initial setup. The procedures show you how to install and set up a basic inventory for a multiple-host virtualization environment.

You can manage multiple hosts at the same time with vCenter Server. Using vCenter Server to manage multiple hosts enables you to experiment with advanced management options, such as resource sharing, and all of the other options available within a virtual infrastructure.

This publication is a continuation of the vSphere familiarization that you began in Getting Started with ESXi. There you set up a single-host virtualization environment, but did not create inventory objects if you knew that you were going to continue with evaluating vCenter Server.

The Getting Started tabs wizard appears only if there are no objects in the inventory. After you have set up the basic inventory, the Getting Started tabs continue to provide information about the selected inventory object but no longer provide inventory setup wizard help.