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

This information is for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who will be installing VMware  ESXi to deploy virtualization for the first time. Specifically, it is for users who meet the following requirements:

Do not yet have the ESXi software installed

Do not yet have the vSphere Client or VMware  vCenter Server installed

After your host is set up, but before you install a working virtual machine, you can install vCenter Server and explore a multiple-host virtualization environment. See Getting Started Workflows for Single-Host or Multiple-Host Systems.